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Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the NavSource Photo Archive and for photos taken beginning in 2015 the official Navy CHINFO Photo Gallery.

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USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1)

Preparing to moor at Naval Station Norfolk on 8 September 2006. Lewis and Clark, a dry cargo and ammunition ship, was the first of a new class of underway replenishment ships that replaced the Kilauea-class (T-AE 26) ammunition ships and Mars-class (T-AFS 1) and Sirius-class (T-AFS 8) combat stores ships.

Photo No. 060908-N-6827R-015.
Source: and Wikimedia Commons from (gone)

  USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1) on 8 September 2006
USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3)

Launching a drone during an SM-2 Standard Missile exercise conducted with USS Barry (DDG 52) as part of Exercise Pacific Vanguard (PV) 22 in the Philippine Sea on 28 August 2022. PV 22 was an exercise with a focus on interoperability and the advanced training and integration of allied maritime forces.

Photo No. 220828-N-CX281-0001

  USNS Alan Shepard (T-AKE 3) on 28 August 2022
USNS Robert E Peary (T-AKE 5)

U.S. Navy SEAL team members board the ship by a pilot ladder during Exercise Trident 18-4 near Norfolk, Va., on 20 July 2018. Exercise Trident was a U.S. Special Operations Command-sponsored, Naval Special Warfare Command-executed, joint-maritime certification and validation mission readiness exercise that provided realistic and relevant readiness training in an irregular warfare scenario.

Photo No. 180720-F-IZ285-0273
Source: (U.S. Air Force photo)

  USNS Robert E Peary (T-AKE-5) on 20 July 2018
USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6)

Departing San Diego, possibly during builder's or acceptance trials in late 2008.

Photo No. 200608-N-WU045-009

  USNS Amelia Earhart (T-AKE 6) in late 2008
USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7)

Approaching USNS Tippecanoe (T-AO 199) while operating in the Philippine Sea on 2 August 2022.

Photo No. 220802-N-N1109-002

  USNS Carl Brashear (T-AKE 7) on 2 August 2022
USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9)

Steaming alongside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) during a replenishment at sea in the Arabian Sea, part of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, on 13 December 2020. In this view the edge of the carrier's flight deck is just below the waterline of the AKE.

Photo No. 201213-N-DQ752-1024

  USNS Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) on 13 December 2020
USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10)

An H225 Super Puma helicopter takes off from the ship during a replenishment at sea with the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) in the South China Sea on 4 December 2022. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG), comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8) and amphibious transport dock USS Anchorage (LPD 23) and USS John P. Murtha (LPD 26), was operating in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations with the embarked 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

Photo No. 221204-N-VS068-1503

  USNS Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) on 4 December 2022.
USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11)

Operating alongside the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea on 4 June 2017 in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

Photo No. 170604-N-HP188-0184

  USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) on 4 June 2017.
USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12)

Transiting alongside the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) during an ammunition onload in the Atlantic Ocean on 16 April 2022. The AKE is seen through the hull opening for one of the carrier's elevators.

Photo No. 220416-N-AV609-1011

  USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) on 16 April 2022
USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)

A view of the ship's forward deck on 16 July 2022 during an underway replenishment at sea with the MSC fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). The ram tensioners of her UNREP rigs are the vertical pistons with a white pulley block on top, the one on the right is fully extended.

Photo No. 220716-N-OH262-0161

  USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) on 16 July 2022
USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13)

A view of the ship's forward deck as she passed the commercial container ship Conti Cortesia on 22 July 2022 after departing Naval Station Norfolk. Medgar Evers was proceeding to sea to perform regional training and qualifications.

Photo No. 220722-N-OH262-0507

  USNS Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) on 22 July 2022
USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14)

Conducting a vertical replenishment with the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) in the Arabian Sea on 14 June 2019.

Photo No. 190614-N-DS741-0069

  USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) on 14 June 2019