Watson-class vehicle cargo ship
The Watson-class vehicle cargo ship is a series of vehicle cargo ships, used by the United States for prepositioning of ground vehicles. The class comprises eight of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off ships and is one part of the 33 ships involved in the Prepositioning Program.
|Builders:||National Steel and Shipbuilding Company|
|Type:||Vehicle cargo ship|
|Displacement:||62,970 tons full|
|Length:||951.4 ft (290.0 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32.3 m)|
|Draft:||34.1 ft (10.4 m) maximum|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Capacity:||393,000 sq ft (36,511 m2)|
|Crew:||26 civilian crew (up to 45); up to 50 active duty|
|Aviation facilities:||helicopter landing area|
Watson was laid down on 23 May 1996, launched on 26 July 1997, and put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 23 June 1998. The most recent ship of the class is USNS Soderman, laid down on 31 October 2000, launched on 26 April 2002, and put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 24 September 2002.