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USNS Fisher (T-AKR 301)

- Military Sealift Command -

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USNS FISHER is the second BOB HOPE - class large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship (LMSR) and the first ship in the Navy to honor Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher, two Americans who have committed their lives to improving the quality of life for American sailors, marines, airmen and soldiers.

General Characteristics:Awarded: September 27, 1994
Keel laid: April 15, 1996
Launched: October 21, 1997
Delivered: August 4, 1999
Builder: Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans, LA
Propulsion system: 4 Colt Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V diesels
Propellers: two
Length: 951.4 feet (290 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)
Draft: 34.8 feet (10.6 meters)
Displacement: approx. 62,070 tons full load
Speed: 24 knots
Aircraft: helicopter landing area only
Armament: none
Capacity: 380,000 sq. ft.
Crew: 26 civilian crew (up to 45); up to 50 active duty
Homeport: Atlantic

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Crew List:

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

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About the Ship's Name:

When Secretary of the Navy John Dalton made the announcement that T-AKR 301 would be named USNS FISHER, he said, "There is no way to repay the Fishers for their decades of support, but this gesture-naming a ship in their honor-is the Navy's way of saying thank you very much."

Zachary Fisher, a prominent New York City builder, and his wife, Elizabeth, were instrumental in transforming the historic aircraft carrier USS INTREPID (CV 11) into a museum "so that future generations could appreciate the sacrifices made by a few to guarantee the liberties and freedoms of many..." The INTREPID Sea Air Space Museum opened in August 1982.

Mr. Fisher and his wife, Elizabeth, are dedicated to enhancing the public perception of the U.S. Military. In 1983, the Fishers founded the Zachary and Elizabeth M. Fisher Armed Services Foundation. Fisher Houses, which in 1996 totaled 24, exist to provide free housing for military families in times of crisis. The Foundation has provided substantial direct payments to the surviving families of service people, including the forty-seven killed sailors of the IOWA (BB 61) gun turret explosion. The Foundation also provides college scholarships for dependents of military personnel.

President Bush, who dedicated the first Fisher Comfort House in Bethesda, Maryland, on June 24, 1991, said "Elizabeth and Zachary Fisher are Brilliant Points of Light. This kind of dedication and ingenuity has made ours the strongest, and the most caring nation in the world."

When presented with the Presidential Citizens Medal in April 1995, President Clinton said of Zachary Fisher, "You are legendary sir ... for your generosity to families of those who gave their lives to defend democracy and maintain this country's security. Your compassion and dedication are shining examples of patriotism for every American."

Mr. Fisher has received the Department of Transportation's Meritorious Public Service Award, in recognition of his efforts to preserve and promote the history of the Coast Guard. In 1988, President Reagan awarded Mr. Fisher the prestigious Volunteer Action Award for his work with the INTREPID Sea-Air-Space Museum, the Veterans Bedside Network, the Marine Scholarship Foundation, and Honor America.

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The photo below was taken by Thomas Heinrich and shows the FISHER at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 21, 2009.

The photos below were taken by me and show the FISHER at her layberth in Baltimore, Md., on October 31, 2010.

The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the FISHER at Bremerton, Wash., on October 13, 2017.

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