USS MIGUEL KEITH is one of the Expeditionary Sea Base Ships derived from the MONTFORD POINT - class Expeditionary Transfer Docks. The MIGUEL KEITH is the first ship in the Navy named after USMC Lance Corporal Miguel Keith who posthumously received the Medal of Honor for combat action in the Quang Ngai Province during the Vietnam War in 1970.
During construction, the MIGUEL KEITH was damaged when the drydock she was built in was accidentally flooded on July 11, 2018. Delivered to the Navy as USNS MIGUEL KEITH (T-ESB 5), she was commissioned as USS MIGUEL KEITH (ESB 5) on May 8, 2021, in order to provide combatant commanders greater operational flexibility to employ the ship in accordance with the laws of armed conflict. MIGUEL KEITH is crewed by US Navy personnel as well as civilian mariners from the Military Sealift Command.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 29, 2016|
|Keel laid: January 30, 2018|
|Launched: August 10, 2018|
|Delivered: November 15, 2019|
|Commissioned: May 8, 2021|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: Diesel-Electric|
|Length: 785 feet (239.3 meters)|
|Beam: 164 feet (50 meters)|
|Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)|
|Light Displacement: approx. 39,900 tons|
|Speed: 15 knots|
|Crew: approx. 34 MSC personnel plus approx. 250 military personnel (depending on mission)|
|Homeport: Saipan, Marianas|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USS MIGUEL KEITH. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USS MIGUEL KEITH Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MIGUEL KEITH under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on September 28, 2018.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the MIGUEL KEITH under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on March 2, 2019.