US Navy and General Dynamics NASSCO have christened the third ship for the navy’s John Lewis-class fleet oiler programme – the future USNS Earl Warren (T-AO 207).
This ship is named in honour of Earl Warren, the 14th chief justice of the Supreme Court of the US.
During Earl Warren’s 16-year stint as chief justice, civil rights and civil liberties had seen dramatic expansion, making this period as one of the most important ones in the country’s history of constitutional law.
US Navy Secretary (SECNAV) Carlos Del Toro served as the principal speaker at the ceremony.
The ship’s sponsor, US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan christened the vessel.
The USNS Earl Warren will be operated by the Navy’s Military Sealift Command.
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General Dynamics NASSCO president David Carver said: “Along with its namesake, this majestic vessel will be instrumental in shaping the future of our nation. The shipbuilders of NASSCO are proud to have ensured Earl Warren’s legacy will live on in this ship.
“On behalf of the 48-hundred employees of General Dynamics NASSCO, I am proud to present the USNS Earl Warren for christening to our sponsor the Supreme Court Justice, Elena Kagan.”
Del Toro said: “Indeed, the ship’s motto could not be more appropriate: ‘I Will Find a Way or I Will Make One’. That’s exactly what a young Earl Warren did when he overcame obstacles to joining the army during the First World War, and that’s what he continued to do in the fight for equality, democracy, and social justice throughout his life.”
In 2016, General Dynamics NASSCO secured a $3.12bn contract from the US Navy to design and construct the first six ships, T-AO 205 to T-AO 210, for the next generation of fleet oilers, the John Lewis-class.
Last year, the US Navy awarded a contract modification to NASSCO for building further two John Lewis-class fleet oilers (T-AO 211 and 212), with an option on the procurement of another oiler, T-AO 213, which featured in the defence budget of this year.
The US Navy intends to procure 20 ships of this class.
Currently, two ships within the T-AO class fleet oiler programme – USNS Robert F. Kennedy (T-AO 208) and USNS Lucy Stone (T-AO 209) – are under construction.
The US Navy will receive the second vessel, the future USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO 206), later this year. Last year, the navy took the delivery of the lead vessel under the programme, the USNS John Lewis (T-AO 205).
Each vessel is 742-foot-long and designed to transport fuel to US Navy carrier strike group ships operating at sea.
They will have a capacity to transport 157,000 barrels of oil, a huge dry cargo capacity, aviation capability and sail up to a speed of 20 knots.
Image: The John Lewis-class oilers are designed to transfer fuel to US Navy’s carrier strike group vessels deployed at the sea. Credit: Courtesy of General Dynamics/RELEASED via US Naval Sea Systems Command.
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