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Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6)


Amelia Mary Earhart (24 July 1897-3 July 1937?). The first U.S. Navy ship to be named in the aviatrix’s honor, although an earlier vessel, the Liberty ship Amelia Earhart (M.C. Hull No. 117) served from 1942 to 1945, and from 1946 to 1948. Other tributes to Earhart include a lighthouse constructed on Howland Island in 1938; her induction into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1968, National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973, and the California Hall of Fame in 2006; and the Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum and the Amelia Earhart Airport, both located in Atchison, Kansas.

Amelia Earhart and her Electra

This composite photograph captures the pioneer pilot in front of the Lockheed 10-E Electra (NR 16020) in which she -- and navigator Fred J. Noonan -- disappeared while attempting to reach Howland Island from Lae, New Guinea, on 3 July 1937. (American Experience, Public Broadcasting System)

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(T-AKE-6: displacement 42,528; length 689; beam 106'; draft 30'; speed 20 knots; complement 197; armament up to 6 .50 caliber or 7.62 millimeter machine guns, aircraft 2 Sikorsky MH-60S Knighthawks or 2 Eurocopter (Aérospatiale) AS332 Super Pumas; class Lewis and Clark)

Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6) was laid down on 29 May 2007 at San Diego, Calif., by General Dynamics National Steel & Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 6 April 2008; sponsored by Mrs. Amy M. Kleppner, Earhart’s niece; and was placed in service with the Military Sealift Command on 30 October 2008.

Amelia Earhart replenishes Bataan (LHD-5), 4 October 2009, 091004-N-9740S-011
Amelia Earhart sails into position to replenish amphibious assault ship Bataan (LHD-5) in the Fifth Fleet Area of Responsibility, 4 October 2009. (Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tony Sisti, U.S. Navy Photograph 091004-N-9740S-011, Navy NewsStand)
The ship passes Point Loma, MSC.
The ship passes Point Loma (background) as she sets out on a voyage from San Diego. (Amelia Earhart (T-AKE-6), Undated Photograph, Military Sealift Command)

Amelia Earhart and replenishment oiler Walter S. Diehl (T-AO-193) collided as they began an underway replenishment in the Gulf of Aden on 20 November 2014. Neither ship reported casualties or serious damage, and both continued with their operations.

Detailed history under construction.

Mark L. Evans


Published: Tue Nov 28 22:37:40 EST 2017