Photo by Thoralf Doehring
USNS WASHINGTON CHAMBERS is the eleventh LEWIS AND CLARK - class Dry Cargo / Ammunition Ship and the first ship in the Navy named for Capt. Washington Irving Chambers, a pioneer in naval aviation history. Among his many accomplishments, Chambers arranged for the world's first take-off and landing of an airplane on a warship - confirming the potential of carrier-based naval aviation operations.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 12, 2008|
|Keel laid: August 25, 2009|
|Launched: September 11, 2010|
|Delivered: February 23, 2011|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6KV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators|
|Length: 689 feet (210 meters)|
|Beam: 106 feet (32.31 meters)|
|Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 41,000 tons full load|
|Speed: 20 knots|
|Dry Cargo Capacity: 1,388,000 cubic feet|
|Fuel Cargo Capacity: 26,000 barrels|
|Aircraft: two helicopters|
|Crew: approx. 125 civilians and up to 49 US Navy|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS WASHINGTON CHAMBERS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS WASHINGTON CHAMBERS Construction Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the WASHINGTON CHAMBERS under construction at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif., on March 23, 2010.
USNS WASHINGTON CHAMBERS Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the WASHINGTON CHAMBERS arriving at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on September 29, 2011. The last photo shows the ship berthed at the Naval Base one day later.
The photos below were taken by Lars Ilchmann and show the WASHINGTON CHAMBERS at Naval Station Everett, Wash., on January 7, 2016.