Amelia Earhart to Launch on Sunday


USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1)Named after famed American Explorers, the next in the Lewis and Clark Class of Naval Supply Ships (USNS Amelia Earhart known as the T-AKE 6) will be christened on Sunday at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Here is NASSCO news release of the launch, which is open to the public:

“The christening and launch of USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) will take place on Sunday, April 6, 2008, and will be open to the public. The ceremony begins at 9 p.m.; the shipyard’s main gate opens at 8 p.m. USNS Amelia Earhart ship’s memorabilia will be available for purchase at the ceremony (no mail orders). First-day covers with the ship’s cachet and an April 6 cancellation stamp will also be available at the ceremony (or you can contact Allyson Nesseler at (619) 544-8825).”

According to the San Diego Metropolitan Daily Business Report, Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) will be the ceremony’s principal speaker and Amy Kleppner, Amelia Earhart’s niece, will christen the ship.

USNS vessels are manned primarily by civilian crews working for the US Navy Military Sealift Command. NASSCO is currently scheduled to build 14 T-AKE Lewis and Clark class ships by 2014 with a contract cost of more than $6 billion. Learn more about the T-AKE Lewis and Clark Program from, including contract and specification information.

NASSCO, located just south of downtown San Diego, is the only major shipbuilding yard on the West Coast. It is one of only six major shipbuilders based in the United States. (See a map of shipyard locations on page 8 of this report from the Transportation Research Board on the state of shipbuilding in the U.S.) As such, NASSCO is one of San Diego’s largest employers, which also provides extensive business for local suppliers. This helps provide additional economic diversity for San Diego’s business climate. Learn more about the history of NASSCO from

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