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USNS Soderman Visits NAVSTA Everett

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Story Number: NNS070226-15
Release Date: 2/26/2007 2:21:00 PM

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist Jon J. Baker, Fleet Public Affairs Center Detachment Northwest

EVERETT, Wash. (NNS) -- USNS Soderman (T-AKR 317) pulled pierside at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Everett for light berthing and supplies Feb. 23.

During Soderman’s in port period, the ship will change out some of the crew and take on additional fuel, according to Steve Busby, MSC ships operations officer.

Soderman arrived from the East coast and is temporarily berthed here until the ship receives further load-out instructions, added Busby.

Soderman is 951 feet long and has a load capacity of 393,000 square feet, enough to fit more than 900 vehicles aboard, including tanks and trucks.

“USNS Soderman is a Watson class, large, medium-speed roll on/roll off transport,” said Busby. “She is primarily used for U.S. Army load-outs.”

Although NAVSTA is the homeport of USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), the station’s port operations department does not have a lot of opportunities to moor ships of this size.

“Besides the carrier and the USNS Shasta (T-AE 33), it is pretty far and few between that we get a ship this size here,” said Engineman 1st Class (SW) Daniel Marquis of NAVSTA Port Operations. “We used assistance from other ships in port to assist with line handling and it all went real smooth.”

“I am here to help them moor to the pier and handle the lines,” said Sonar Technician 3rd Class Tiffany Derik, assigned to USS Shoup (DDG 86). “I haven’t been here very long and besides the USS Abraham Lincoln, this is the biggest ship I have ever seen.”

A Military Sealift Support Command (MSC) ship, Soderman is homeported at Diego Garcia, a small island in the Indian Ocean. The ship makes periodic visits to the Pacific Northwest and last visited NAVSTA in September of 2003.

The ship is named to honor U.S. Army Pfc. William A. Soderman. President Harry S. Truman presented Soderman the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House on October 12, 1945. Soderman defended a key road junction near Rocherath, Belgium during World War II.

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