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."