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USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)

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USNS MEDGAR EVERS is one of the LEWIS AND CLARK - class Dry Cargo / Ammunition Ship and the first ship in the Navy named for Medgar Evers (1925-1963) - a World War II veteran and civil rights activist. On June 12, 1963, the Mississippi native was assassinated in the driveway of his home. Evers' death prompted President John F. Kennedy to ask the Congress for a comprehensive civil rights bill.

General Characteristics:Awarded: February 26, 2010
Keel laid: October 26, 2010
Launched: October 29, 2011
Delivered: April 24, 2012
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6KV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators
Propellers: one
Length: 689 feet (210 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.31 meters)
Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 41,000 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Dry Cargo Capacity: 1,388,000 cubic feet
Fuel Cargo Capacity: 26,000 barrels
Aircraft: two helicopters
Armament: none
Crew: approx. 125 civilians and up to 49 US Navy
Homeport: East Coast


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS MEDGAR EVERS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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About the Ship's Coat of Arms:

The Shield:

Dark blue and gold are the colors traditionally used by the Navy. The shape of a pentagon alludes to the Pentagon and the Department of Defense. The scale (balance in equilibrium) is balanced to show equality. The buff fess wavy represents the Mississippi River (the “Big Muddy”) from which the State of Mississippi takes its name and also alludes to the supply and delivery of cargo that the ship will undertake. Buff also is a color associated with the Army Quartermaster Corps (in which Mr. Evers served), a foundation of logistics. Decatur, Mississippi, is where Medgar Evers was born. The addition of the red barrulet references “A Mighty Stream” and flows behind justice.

The Crest:

The delta represents the Mississippi Delta, a rich fertile area and here is represented as an equilateral triangle to suggest equality and civil rights. The ship’s wheel is a Navy symbol but is used here to also represent the position of the Quartermaster. The magnolia, representing perseverance, is abundant in Mississippi and is the official State flower.

The Supporters:

The sword and key are traditional symbols depicting control of military supplies and are replicated here to represent Medgar Evers’ military service as a Soldier of the Quartermaster Corps.


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USNS MEDGAR EVERS Image Gallery:

The photos below were taken by me and show the MEDGAR EVERS under construction at San Diego, Calif., on September 29, 2011.



The photos below were taken by me and show the MEDGAR EVERS during fitting-out at San Diego, Calif., on March 15, 2012, in preparation for her upcoming delivery to the Navy.



The photos below were taken by me on May 8 and 9, 2012, and show the MEDGAR EVERS at NASSCO in San Diego, Calif., and the next day while departing San Diego for sea trials. Note the green "Welcome Trial Riders" sign on the pier.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the MEDGAR EVERS at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 28, 2013.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MEDGAR EVERS at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 23, 2014.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MEDGAR EVERS at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on October 6, 2015.



The photos below were taken by me and show the MEDGAR EVERS anchored off Greenock, Scotland, on September 30, 2017. The MEDGAR EVERS is in Scotland to participate in Exercise Joint Warrior 172.



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