USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR-313)

USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313) is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off (LMSR)[1] Ships and is one of the 49 ships in the prepositioning program.[2] She is a Watson-class vehicle cargo ship named for Corporal Mitchell Red Cloud, Jr., a Medal of Honor recipient, after whom Camp Red Cloud in Korea is also named.

United States
Awarded: 1 January 1996
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 29 June 1998
Launched: 7 August 1999
In service: 18 January 2000
Status: in service
General characteristics
Class and type: Watson-class vehicle cargo ship
Displacement: 62,644 Long Tons
Length: 950 Ft
Beam: 106 Ft
Draft: 34 Ft
Propulsion: 2 Gas Turbines
Speed: 24 Knots
Range: 12,000 Nautical Miles
Complement: 30

Laid down on 29 June 1998 and launched on 7 August 1999, Red Cloud was put into service on 18 January 2000.[3]

In 2003 Red Cloud was deployed to transport U.S. Army vehicles to Kuwait to support Operation Iraqi Freedom.

On 12 August 2015, an Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed on the deck of the Red Cloud when demonstrating capabilities to the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. The Red Cloud was operating approximately eight miles east of Ukibaru Island. Of the seventeen service members on board the helicopter, only seven suffered non-life-threatening injuries.[4]


  1. "MSC Ship Inventory - Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  2. "Strategic Sealift (PM3)". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  3. "USNS Red Cloud (T-AKR 313)". Retrieved 2015-10-20.
  4. "Army Black Hawk Was Conducting SOF Demonstration For Japanese When Crash Occurred". USNI News. 2015-08-14. Retrieved 2016-06-29.
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