USS Dahl (T-AKR 312) - U.S.A.


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The 1997/1998-built, Watson Class Army Prepositioning Ship USS Dahl (T-AKR 312) is seen in this photograph while she was lying at anchor off Singapore on June 17th, 2001. SEE MN 2000 pg 539

USS Dahl is a "Large Medium Speed Roll on/Roll off" ship which was built in San Diego, California, U.S.A. by the National Steel & Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) for the United States Military Sealift Command. She was launched on October 2nd, 1998 and delivered to the MSC on July 13th, 1999. She measures 950 feet (289.5 meters) in length, 106 feet (32 meters) in beam and draws 34 feet (10.6 meters). She displaces 62,644 tons, and is powered by two General Electric LM-2500 gas turbine engines developing 64,000 horsepower for top speed of 24 knots. Dahl has 394,373 square feet inside for vehicle storage as well as accomodations for 300 troops. She incorporates four 57 ton cargo cranes, two sideport vehicle ramps, one stern vehicle ramp, and a large helicopter deck. Dahl is assigned to Afloat Prepositioning Squadron (APS) Four, which is normally posted at Diego Garcia Island in the Indian Ocean. The purpose of the APS is to have ships preloaded with Army equipment and supplies on standby in various ports around the world. In the event of a crises, Army personnel are to fly into the crisis zone, with their equipment delivered by APS ships. As such, DAHL is on 24-hour sailing notice.

Her sisters include Watson (T-AKR 310), Sisler (T-AKR 311), Red Cloud (T-AKR 313), Charlton (T-AKR 314), Watkins (T-AKR 315), Pomeroy (T-AKR 316) and Soderman (T-AKR 317). When this picture was added to the archives in 12/2002 she was still operational under the name USS DAHL and she will very likely spend her long career in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces.

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