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BRAC 2005
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Container Ships - T-AK
 
Description
The container ships are part of Military Sealift Command's Prepositioning Program. MV Capt. Steven L. Bennett, MV Maj. Bernard F. Fisher, MV A1C William A. Pitsenbarger and MV Merlin carry U.S. Air Force cargo.
 
Features
MV Capt. Steven L. Bennett, MV Maj. Bernard F. Fisher, MV A1C William A. Pitsenbarger and MV Merlin feature climate-controlled coccoons on their weather decks that allow them to carry approximately 50 percent more cargo, while protecting the additional cargo from the marine environment.
 
Background
MV Capt. Steven L. Bennett was built in 1984 by Samsung Shipbuilding. MV Maj. Bernard F. Fisher is owned and operated by Sealift, Inc. and is of the MV LTC Calvin P. Titus class. MV A1C William A. Pitsenbarger is owned and operated by RR&VO, Ltd. MV Merlin was built in 1978 and is owned and operated by Sealift, Inc. and is of the Buffalo Soldier class. All four T-AKs are under charter to Military Sealift Command.
 
Point Of Contact
Office of Public Affairs
Military Sealift Command
Washington, DC 20398-5540
(202) 685-5055
 
General Characteristics, Capt. Steven L. Bennett Class
Builder: Samsung Shipbuilding.
Propulsion: 1 diesel; 1 shaft.
Length: 687 feet (209.54 meters).
Beam: 99.7 feet (30.41 meters).
Displacement: 53,727.26 tons (54,586.90 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 16.5 knots (18.99 mph).
Crew: 26 civilians.
Ships:
MV Capt. Steven L. Bennett (T-AK 4296) - formerly the Sea Pride
 
General Characteristics, LTC Calvin P. Titus Class
Builder: Odense Steel Shipyard, Odense, Denmark.
Propulsion: 23,030 SHP Sulzer, Model 7RTA76; 1 shaft.
Length: 652 feet (198.86 meters).
Beam: 106 feet (32.33 meters).
Displacement: 48,000 long tons (48,768 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 19 knots (21.87 mph) maximum speed.
Crew: 21 civilians.
Ships:
MV Maj. Bernard F. Fisher (T-AK 4396) - formerly the Sea Fox
 
General Characteristics, MV A1C William A. Pitsenbarger Class
Builder: Ch. D'Atlantique, St. Nazaire, France.
Propulsion: 13,800 BHP, diesel, single shaft.
Length: 622 feet (189.71 meters).
Beam: 106 feet (32.33 meters).
Displacement: 40,000 long tons (40,640 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 17.5 knots (20.14 mph) maximum speed.
Crew: 23 civilians.
Ships:
MV A1C William A. Pitsenbarger (T-AK 4638) - formerly the Therese Delmas
 
General Characteristics, MV Buffalo Soldier Class
Builder: Chanters Navigation de la Ciotat.
Propulsion: Pielstick medium-speed diesel; 23,400 bhp; 1 shaft.
Length: 670 feet (204.35 meters).
Beam: 87 feet (26.54 meters).
Displacement: 40,357 long tons (41,002.71 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 16 knots (18.42 mph) maximum speed.
Crew: 19 civilians.
Ships:
MV TSgt. John A. Chapman (T-AK 323) - formerly the MV Merlin
 
Last Update: 11 April 2005