The US Navy has christened and launched a 12th dry cargo / ammunition ship, William McLean, at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, US.

William McLean, also known as T-AKE 12, has been designated as a US Naval ship (USNS) and is one of the 14 dry cargo / ammunition ships, which will be operated by the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).

The 689ft-long ship has a displacement capacity of 42,000t and is capable of cruising at a speed of 20kt using a single-shaft, diesel-electric propulsion system.

The ship can carry two helicopters and crew, and is designed to operate independently for extended periods at sea.

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Of the 14 ships, 11 will serve as combat logistics force (CLF) ships and the remaining three will be part of the Maritime Prepositioning Force.