SAN DIEGO, March 5 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has received delivery of the new Carl Brashear, the seventh T-AKE Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, from General Dynamics.
U.S. company General Dynamics' National Steel and Shipbuilding Co. subsidiary announced the delivery of the USNS Carl Brashear, T-AKE 7, after two years of construction.
The Carl Brashear, named in honor of the Navy's first African-American master diver, is designed to carry a cargo capacity of more than 10,000 tons. The ship is one of seven T-AKE ships from NASSCO and will be responsible for the delivery of ammunition and other supplies to combat ships at sea.
"As we pass the halfway mark for this highly successful U.S. Navy auxiliary program, the performance of the NASSCO team and the ships have been outstanding," Frederick Harris, General Dynamics NASSCO president, said in a statement.