USA—Keel Laid For Lead Ship In New Class Of Oilers

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command | 05/15/2019

The Navy has laid the keel for the first vessel in a new class of fleet replenishment oilers, reports the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). General Dynamics-NASSCO held the keel-laying ceremony for the John Lewis on Monday at its San Diego shipyard. The class is based on commercial design standards and will replace the current Henry J. Kaiser-class oilers, which provide at-sea refueling for Navy ships. Construction of the John Lewis, which honors the civil rights leader and Georgia...

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