|USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300)|
Bob Hope in harbor at Souda Bay in Crete
|Name:||USNS Bob Hope|
|Awarded:||2 September 1993|
|Laid down:||29 May 1995|
|Launched:||27 March 1997|
|In service:||18 November 1998|
|Displacement:||62,069 tons full|
|Length:||951 ft 5 in (290.0 m)|
|Beam:||106 ft (32.3 m)|
|Draft:||34 ft 10 in (10.6 m) maximum|
|Propulsion:||4 x Colt Pielstick 10 PC4.2 V diesels; 65,160 hp(m) (47.89 MW)(Beloit, WI)Falk Gear Power Transmission (Milwaukee,WI)|
|Speed:||24 knots (44 km/h)|
|Capacity:||380,000 sq ft (35,000 m2)|
|Complement:||26 to 45 civilian crew; up to 50 active duty|
|Aviation facilities:||Helicopter landing area|
USNS Bob Hope (T-AKR-300), the lead ship of her class of vehicle cargo ships for Army vehicle prepositioning, is the only naval ship of the United States to be named for Bob Hope, the entertainer. Very few ships of the United States Navy have been named for a person who was alive at the time of the christening.
The contract to build her was awarded to Avondale Industries on 2 September 1993 and her keel was laid down on 29 May 1995. She was launched on 27 March 1997, and delivered on 18 November 1998.
A non-combatant roll-on/roll-off (RORO) vessel crewed by civilian mariners under the Navy's Military Sealift Command, Bob Hope and other ships of the class are used to preposition tanks, trucks and other wheeled vehicles and supplies needed to support an army heavy brigade.
Bob Hope has already seen service delivering supplies and equipment to the Balkans and Iraq.
The ship has two 110-ton Hagglunds deck crane pedestals mounted with twin cranes.
- "USNS Bob Hope (9820096)". ABS Record. American Bureau of Shipping. http://www.eagle.org/safenet/record/record_vesseldetailsprinparticular?Classno=9820096&Accesstype=PUBLIC&ReferrerApplication=PUBLIC. Retrieved 16 October 2012. [dead link]
- GlobalSecurity.org: T-AKR USNS Bob Hope
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- MSC Ship Inventory: USNS Bob Hope
- T-AKR USNS Bob Hope (GlobalSecurity.org)
- "Bob Hope (464628)". Port State Information Exchange. United States Coast Guard. https://cgmix.uscg.mil/PSIX/PSIXDetails.aspx?VesselID=464628. Retrieved 2010-02-25.
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