T-AKE 4 USNS RICHARD E. BYRD
Dry Cargo/Ammunition Ship
USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE-4)
is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship in the United States Navy.
She is the second U.S. Navy ship to be named after polar explorer Rear
Admiral Richard E. Byrd (1888–1957). The contract to build her was
awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) of San
Diego, California, on 18 July 2003. She was launched from the building
ways into the San Diego Bay on the evening of 15 May 2007; Bolling Byrd
Clarke, Admiral Byrd's eldest daughter, broke the ceremonial bottle of
champange on the ship's bow to start the launch amid fireworks and
Construction continued until the U.S. Navy accepted her on 14 November
2007. Additional construction work continued until she was delivered to
Military Sealift Command (MSC) for crewing and placed in service on
8 January 2008.