Final MSC Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship Christened

press release
Monday, May 07, 2012
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14)

With the crack of a champagne bottle and the traditional words, "I christen you.," Military Sealift Command ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) was christened May 5 during an evening ceremony at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

 

The 689-foot Chavez, the newest of the Lewis and Clark-class of dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command, continues the Lewis and Clark-class tradition of honoring legendary pioneers and explorers. The ship honors Cesar Chavez, an American farm worker, labor leader and civil rights activist who co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which later became the United Farm Workers.

 

Chavez, a well-known Mexican-American civil rights activist, used non-violent tactics that made the farm workers' struggle a moral cause with nationwide support.

 

"It is fitting that this ship is named for Cesar Chavez, for among the core values embraced by him were innovation, determination, sacrifice and service to others - core values shared by Military Sealift Command - core values that are the basis of service for this great ship and her crew, now and into the future," said Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby, commander, MSC, to an audience of more than 7,000 people who attended the event.
 
Ceremony attendees included the ship's sponsor Helen Fabela Chavez, widow of the ship's namesake, and nearly 500 other members of the Chavez family; the ceremony's keynote speaker, the Honorable Juan M. Garcia III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower and Reserve Affairs); the Honorable Jerry Sanders, mayor of San Diego; distinguished guests from the U.S. military and maritime industry; and NASSCO employees who built the ship.

 

"USNS Cesar Chavez exemplifies the latest innovations in marine technology with its integrated electric power propulsion and ship systems," said Buzby. "This ship will go to sea better prepared than the ships that preceded her because the team that built her learned new lessons with every ship of the class and incorporated those lessons learned, along with energy-saving technologies into the next hull. USNS Cesar Chavez is the culmination of that extraordinary process - she is The Ultimate T-AKE!"

 

Chavez is the 14th and final dry cargo/ammunition ship, and is slated for use by MSC's Combat Logistics Force, or CLF. CLF ships deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other supplies to U.S. and allied ships at sea, enabling the Navy to maintain a worldwide forward presence.

 

Two T-AKEs are being assigned to MSC's maritime prepositioning ship squadrons, which are deployed to strategic locations worldwide, carrying U.S. Marine Corps cargo ready for rapid delivery to Marines ashore.

 

"Being the first master of this ship is a real honor for me," said Capt. Keith Walzak, Chavez's civil service master.  "I'm excited to lead this great crew and to follow in the footsteps of the example set by a great leader, Cesar Chavez."
 
Chavez is scheduled for delivery to MSC in November. MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
 

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