General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, launched the U.S. Navy’s newest supply ship, "USNS Matthew Perry" of type T-AKE 9.
The appr. 210 m long ship is named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, the U.S. Navy officer who established American trade with Japan in the mid-19th Century.
"USNS Matthew Perry" is the ninth ship of the Lewis and Clark (T-AKE) class of dry cargo-ammunition ships for the Navy, and the first U.S. Navy ship to be named after Commodore Perry. NASSCO is scheduled to deliver it to the Navy’s Military Sealift Command in the first quarter of 2010. When the "Matthew Perry" joins the fleet, its primary mission will be to deliver more than 10,000 tons of food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions to combat ships on the move at sea.
General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 4,500 people and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States. NASSCO has delivered seven T-AKE ships to the Navy and is under contract to build five additional T-AKE ships, including the "Matthew Perry".