Military Logistics

Future USNS Harvey Milk build begins

19th December 2019 - 15:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Construction of the US Navy’s future USNS Harvey Milk began at the General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (GD-NASSCO) shipyard on 13 December.

The John Lewis-class is based on commercial design standards and will recapitalise the current T-AO 187 class Fleet Replenishment Oilers to provide underway replenishment of fuel to US Navy ships and jet fuel for aircraft assigned to aircraft carriers.

Mike Kosar, support ships, boats and craft program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships, said: ‘This ship will have significant contributions as part of our Combat Logistics Force, serving as the primary fuel pipeline from resupply ports to ships at sea.

‘Today’s ceremony marks an important milestone as our navy works to recapitalise our aging fleet replenishment capabilities, ensuring our warfighters have the resources they need to keep them combat [ready] for years to come.’

GD NASSCO is also in production on the first-in-class Fleet Replenishment Oiler, the future USNS John Lewis.

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