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|
|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: West Coast|
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.
USNS MATTHEW PERRY Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me in San Diego, Calif. The first photo shows the MATTHEW PERRY departing San Diego early in the morning on March 24, 2010. The last four photos show the ship berthed at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company on March 23, 2010.
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.