USNS JOHN LEWIS is the lead ship of the JOHN LEWIS - class of fleet oilers, previously known as the TAO(X) - class. These ships are built with double hulls to protect against oil spills and strengthened cargo and ballast tanks. They are equipped with a basic self-defense capability, including crew served weapons, degaussing, and Nixie Torpedo decoys, and have space, weight, and power reservations for Close In Weapon Systems such as SeaRAMs, and an Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 30, 2016|
|Keel laid: May 13, 2019|
|Launched: January 12, 2021|
|Delivered: July 27, 2022|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: two Fairbanks-Morse MAN 12V48/60CR diesels|
|Length: 746 feet (227.4 meters)|
|Beam: 106.5 feet (32.4 meters)|
|Draft: 33.5 feet (10.2 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 49,850 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Capacity: 162,000 barrels of fuel oil or aviation fuel; 55,662 cu ft of dry cargo storage and 40,099 cu ft of refrigerated cargo|
|Refueling stations: five, plus two dry cargo transfer rigs|
|Aircraft: none, but helicopter deck|
|Armament: .50 machine guns|
|Crew: 125 (99 civilian mariners plus US Navy detachment)|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS JOHN LEWIS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
About the Ship's Name:
USNS JOHN LEWIS honors Rep. John Lewis a long-serving member of the United States House of Representatives and civil rights activist. Lewis was known for his work as the chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and as one of the organizers of the 1963 March on Washington. In 1965, Lewis led the first of three Selma to Montgomery marches across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, known as Bloody Sunday. State troopers and police attacked the marchers, including Lewis.
Lewis served 17 terms as a Congressman as the dean of the Georgia congressional delegation, Chief Deputy Whip, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and on countless committees. Lewis was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his long service in government, by then President Barack Obama in 2011. Lewis died in 2020.
USNS JOHN LEWIS Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the JOHN LEWIS under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on November 28 and November 29 (aerial photo), 2021.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the JOHN LEWIS under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on December 28, 2021.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the JOHN LEWIS under construction at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on May 29, 2022.