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General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers USNS William McLean

SAN DIEGO -- General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) to the U.S. Navy during a signing ceremony September 28, 2011. Named in honor of William Burdette McLean (1914-1976), the U.S. Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile, the William McLean is the twelfth ship delivered in the Navy’s 14-ship T-AKE dry cargo-ammunition ship program in five years.

NASSCO began constructing USNS William McLean in September 2009. William McLean will carry necessary supplies and equipment required to support U.S. Marine Corps operations anywhere in the world.

NASSCO has incorporated international marine technologies and commercial ship-design features into T-AKE class ships to minimize operating costs during their projected 40-year service life. With a cargo capacity of more than 10,000 tons, the primary mission of T-AKE ships is to deliver food, ammunition, fuel and other provisions from shore stations to combat ships at sea. They have also served in Navy humanitarian efforts in Haiti, Pakistan and elsewhere.

Located in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 3,300 people and is the only major ship construction yard on the West Coast of the United States. In addition to T-AKE 12, the San Diego shipyard has already delivered 11 T-AKE ships to the Navy and is currently building the Medgar Evers (T-AKE 13) and the Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14) for a total class of 14 vessels.

October 5, 2011
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