Horatio Bridge (1806-98) was born Augusta, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1826. He was admitted to the bar in 1828 and practiced law until 1838 when he entered the Navy as a Purser. In 1854 he was named Chief of the Bureau of Provisions and Clothing. He was the first in the Navy to employ the idea of comprehensive fleet supply which was carried out with conspicuous success during the Civil War. He retired 8 April 1868 and was advanced to Pay Director with the relative rank of Commodore on the Retired List 3 March 1871. He died in 1898 at Athens, Pa.
(AOE 10: dp. 30062; l. 754'; b. 107'; dr. 40'; s. ? k.; cpl. ?; a. ?; cl. Supply)
The second Bridge was launched on 24 August 1996 and commissioned on 5 August 1998. She was decommissioned on 24 June 2004 and transferred to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and operated as USNS Bridge (T-AOE 10).
Update for 1998 to 2004 pending.
7 December 2005