Posted by: arbeam | March 14, 2013

USNS Charles Drew Arriving at Naval Base Kitsap

USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10)

USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10)

USNS Charles Drew SealAs an auxiliary support ship, T-AKEs directly contribute to the ability of the Navy to maintain a forward presence. In its primary mission role, the T-AKE provides logistic lift to deliver cargo (ammunition, food, limited quantities of fuel, repair parts, ship store items, and expendable supplies and material) to U.S. and allied Navy ships at sea. In its secondary mission, the T-AKE may operate in concert with a Henry J. Kaiser-Class (T-AO 187) oiler as a substitute station ship to provide direct logistics support to the ships within a Carrier Battle Group.USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE-10) is named in honor of Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904–1950), who developed improved techniques for blood storage, and applied his expert knowledge in developing large-scale blood banks early in World War II, saving thousands of Allied lives. Compliment -Military 49, Civilian 123.

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