Keel laid for future USNS John Lewis
General Dynamics-National Steel and Shipbuilding has laid the keel for the US Navy's first John Lewis-class fleet replenishment oiler, the future USNS John Lewis, NAVSEA announced on 13 May.
The John Lewis-class ships will recapitalise the current T-AO 187-class fleet replenishment oilers to provide underway replenishment of fuel to US Navy ships at sea. These ships are part of the navy's Combat Logistics Force.
John Lewis will be operated by the US Navy's Military Sealift Command. Construction began in September 2018, with delivery planned in late 2020.
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