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USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9)

- Military Sealift Command -

contributed by Ludger Brockmann

Photo by Thoralf Doehring.

USNS MATTHEW PERRY is the ninth LEWIS AND CLARK - class Dry Cargo / Ammunition Ship and the first ship in the Navy to honor Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who led a squadron of ships to Japan in 1853 with the aim of opening that nation to trade. He served during the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War, and was sent to suppress piracy and the slave trade in the West Indies. He was the brother of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

General Characteristics:Awarded: January 30, 2006
Keel laid: October 3, 2008
Launched: August 16, 2009
Delivered: February 24, 2010
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: West Coast

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Crew List:

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

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The photos below were taken by me and show the MATTHEW PERRY dry-docked at the BAE Shipyard in San Francisco, Calif., on October 6, 2012.

The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the MATTHEW PERRY at Pearl Harbor, Hi., on October 15, 2017.

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