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GD delivers ninth T-AKE vessel

Feb. 25, 2010 at 3:32 PM

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has received its latest T-AKE supply ship designed to support the Military Sealift Command from defense contractor General Dynamics.

General Dynamics says its San Diego National Steel and Shipbuilding Company delivered the ninth T-AKE vessel to the U.S. Navy. The 689-foot-long ship named Matthew Perry will support the Military Sealift Command's cargo delivery requirements.

The Matthew Perry, part of the Navy's Lewis and Clark-class ships, is designed to supply naval vessels at sea. General Dynamics, which is in the process of constructing the 11th and 12th T-AKE ships, says it is planning a launch ceremony for the 10th T-AKE ship Saturday.

According to a news release the Matthew Perry is "capable of delivering almost 10,000 tons of dry cargo and petroleum products at one time."

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