- USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4)
USNS "Richard E. Byrd" (T-AKE-4) is a "Lewis and Clark"-class dry cargo ship in the
United States Navy. She is the second United States Navyship to be named after polar explorer Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd(1888–1957).
The contract to build her was awarded to
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company(NASSCO) of San Diego, California, on 18 July 2003. She was launched from the building ways into the San Diego Bayon the evening of 15 May 2007; Bolling Byrd Clarke, Admiral Byrd's eldest daughter, broke the ceremonial bottle of champagne on the ship's bow to start the launch amid fireworksand fanfare. [cite web
title= T-AKE Ship: USNS "Richard E. Byrd" Launch
date= October 25, 2007 |format= |work= | publisher=
accessdate= 2008-05-13 ] Construction continued until the U.S. Navy accepted her on
14 November 2007. Additional construction work continued until she was delivered to Military Sealift Command(MSC) for crewing and placed in service on 8 January 2008.
She completed a fitting-out period as well multiple operational inspections and trials, including a full INSURV inspection on
27 March 2008. A final period of modifications and design alterations was completed during a 70-day availability before full fleet introduction on 25 July 2008. The ship joins the Pacific Fleet and predominantly operates in the Far Eastand Indian Oceanoperation areas.
Based on data from the
Naval Vessel Registerand press releases.
title= USNS "Richard E. Byrd" (T-AKE 4)
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date= 11/15/2007 | work=
Naval Vessel Register| publisher= United States Navy
title= T-AKE-4 "Richard E. Byrd"
last= Priolo |first= Gary P. | date= 4 January 2008
work= Service Ship Photo Archive | publisher= NavSource Online
title= New Ship Class Begins Operations in 7th Fleet
publisher= Navy NewsStand
* [http://www.ussrichardebyrd.com USS "Richard E. Byrd" (DDG-23) veterans' website]
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