General Dynamics (GD)
NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary
of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered USNS Richard E. Byrd
(T-AKE 4) to the U.S. Navy
. The ship is the third T-AKE-class ship delivered by the San Diego shipyard in 2007, the fourth overall.
USNS Richard E. Byrd is the fourth in an expected class of 14 dry cargo-ammunition ships for the Navy. Construction of the 689-foot-long ship began in February 2006. NASSCO has incorporated international marine technologies
and commercial ship-design features into the T-AKE class ships, including an integrated electric-drive propulsion system, to minimize operating costs during their projected 40-year service life. With a cargo capacity of more than 10,000 tons, the primary mission of T-AKE ships is to deliver food
, ammunition, fuel and other provisions from shore stations to combat ships at sea.
The Richard E. Byrd is named in honor of the Medal of Honor recipient who made the first-ever flights over the North and South Poles. The previously-delivered ships by NASSCO in 2007 are USNS Sacagawea (T-AKE 2) in February and USNS Alan Shepard
(T-AKE 3) in June. USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) was delivered in June 2006. The fifth through eighth ships of the class are currently under construction for deliveries through the third quarter of 2009.