USNS SACAGAWEA is the second LEWIS AND CLARK - class Dry Cargo / Ammunition Ship and the third ship in the Navy to bear the name.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: October 18, 2001|
|Keel laid: June 8, 2005|
|Launched: June 24, 2006|
|Delivered: February 27, 2007|
|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|
|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|
|Crew: approx. 125 civilians and up to 49 US Navy|
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS SACAGAWEA. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
USNS SACAGAWEA is named in honor of a Shoshone woman who acted as guide and interpreter for Lewis and Clark on their expedition into the Northwest region of the United States. Legendary for her perseverance and resourcefulness, Sacagawea (1788 - 1812) provided invaluable assistance to the explorers through her knowledge of topography and edible roots and plants previously unknown to European-Americans. She single handedly saved the expedition's records after they had fallen into the Missouri River when their canoe capsized. If she had not rescued these journals, much of the record of the first year of the expedition would have been lost to history. This act demonstrated her dedication to the journey's success.
USNS SACAGAWEA Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the SACAGAWEA at the Naval Fuel Depot in Norfolk, Va., on May 6, 2012.