USNS Shughart (T-AKR-295)
USNS Shughart (T-AKR-295) is the lead ship of her class of cargo ships operated by the United States Navy. She is a 'roll-on roll-off' non-combat vessel designated as a "Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off" (LMSR) ship.
|Owner:||United States Navy|
|Operator:||Military Sealift Command|
|Sponsored by:||Mrs. Stephanie Shughart|
|Acquired:||May 7, 1996|
|Commissioned:||8 February 1997|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Shughart-class cargo ship|
|Displacement:||54,450 tons full load|
|Length:||908.8 ft (277.0 m)|
|Beam:||105.6 ft (32.2 m)|
|Draft:||34.8 ft (10.6 m)|
|Propulsion:||1 Burmeister & Wain 12L90 GFCA diesel; 1 shaft; bow and stern thrusters|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Range:||12,200 nautical miles (22,590 km) at 24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Capacity:||312,461 sq ft (29,029 m2).|
|Complement:||26 civilian crew|
|Aircraft carried:||One helicopter landing pad|
On May 7, 1996 Laura Maersk was delivered to Military Sealift Command and was outfitted at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company's docks in San Diego, California. Operated by Bay Ship Management, the newly renovated ship was renamed in honor of Medal of Honor recipient US Army Sergeant First Class Randall D. Shughart. Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska was the ceremony's principal speaker and serving as the ship's sponsor was Mrs. Stephanie Shughart, Sergeant Shughart's widow. The Shughart remains under the charter of the US Navy Military Sealift Command and is operated by US Merchant Mariners.
Shughart, along with others in her class, is capable of carrying 58 tanks, 48 other track vehicles, plus more than 900 trucks and other wheeled vehicles. To manipulate the immense cargo capacity, Shughart utilizes two 110-ton cranes, port and starboard ramps, and a stern ramp.
- Navysite.de article retrieved on March 12, 2007
- Federation of American Scientists T-AKR 295 Shughart, Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships retrieved on March 12, 2007