Those improvements spilled over to the T-AKE
, which under-went a redesign process from 2006 to 2009.
NASSCO is currently building four T-AKE
ships for the Navy and three product carriers for U.
Naturally, given the Steel Vessel Index's greater relative weighting of the iron and steel price index, it has been more volatile than the DDG-51 or T-AKE
Although the Navy did not set specific crew reduction goals for the T-AKE
cargo ship, it made some use of human systems integration principles and expects to require a somewhat smaller crew than similar legacy ships.
Now, Eaton is gearing up to deliver 144 systems-12 for each of the 12 T-AKE
The Marines are asking for each MPFF squadron to be made up of 14 ships: two LHA(R) general purpose amphibious assault ships, one LHD multipurpose amphibious assault ship, three large medium-speed roll-on/roll-off ships, three modified T-AKE
dry cargo and ammunition logistics ships, three mobile landing platforms as well as two T-AK sealift ships from the current pre-positioning forces.
As an auxiliary support ship, T-AKE
will directly contribute to the Navy's forward presence.
The ship, designated T-AKE
, is the second in a new class of Combat Logistics Force ships and is able to deliver ammunition, provisions, stores, spare parts, potable water, and petroleum products to the Navy's carrier and expeditionary strike groups and other naval forces.