Navy officials have lauded T-AKE
as a model for the way the service will do business in the future.
As well as building the Lewis and Clark class T-ake
NASSCO is currently building four T-AKE
ships for the Navy and three product carriers for U.S.
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
The Senate appropriations bill eliminated funds for a T-AKE
cargo ship but supported the DD(X) and other requested shipbuilding.
The first ship in the T-AKE
program, a new class of combat logistics force ships designated the Lewis and Clark class, is scheduled to be launched in May.
GAO was asked to evaluate the Navy's progress in optimizing the crew size in four ships being developed and acquired: the DD(X) destroyer, T-AKE
cargo ship, JCC(X) command ship, and LHA(R) amphibious assault ship.
Navy's new T-AKE
Lewis and Clark class combat logistics ships.
4); Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center, San Diego, California; Naval Station Pearl Harbor, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii; USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19); and Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan.
5) attaches a cargo line to an MH-60S en route to delivering ammunition to USS Kearsarge (LHD 3).
4)] pulled in, we began troubleshooting making sure the job could be accomplished," said Mewborn.
The first of the so-called T-AKE
dry cargo/ammunition ships is expected in 2012, with two others coming later, Meade said.