The Navy this week accepted delivery of the lead ship of its new class of fleet replenishment tankers, USNS john lewis (T-AO 205).
The delivery of T-AO 205 follows the completion of acceptance trials with the Navy Board of Inspection and Survey to test the ship’s readiness and capability and to validate requirements.
“USNS john lewis will provide much-needed capability to the fleet as a primary fuel pipeline at sea,” said John Lighthammer, program manager for the Navy’s Auxiliary and Special Shipbuilding Program Office. “This is the first of a class of 20 ships offering sailors and merchant seamen another tool to support operations at sea.”
Built by the GD NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California, the new John Lewis-class T-AOs will be operated by the Military Sealift Command to supply diesel fuel and lubricating oil, as well as small amounts of provisions fresh and frozen, stores and drinking water. Navy ships at sea and jet fuel for aircraft. The new T-AOs will add capability to the Navy’s Combat Logistics Force and become the cornerstone of the fuel delivery system.
General characteristics of the John Lewis class include:
- Twin-shaft propulsion, medium-speed gear-driven diesels with PTO/PTI generators,
- 227.3 meters long, 32.2 meters wide,
- Displacement of 22,513 metric tons,
- Crew of 99 civilian sailors,
- Dry storage capacities of 1,530 cubic meters of freezing and a refrigeration capacity of 1,646 cubic meters
- The landing platform for vertical refueling can accommodate commercial logistics helicopters H-1, H-53, H-60, MV-22 and MSC,
First in class USNS john lewis (T-AO 205), was christened in July 2021. Currently under construction at NASSCO are the Harvey Milk (T-AO 206), Earl Warren (T-AO 207), and Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208). The Lucy Pierre (T-AO 209) and the truth of stay (T-AO 210) are under contract. Additionally, NASSCO was recently awarded contract amendments for the purchase of long-lead materials for the T-AO 211 and T-AO 212.