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Career (US)
Ordered: 15 September 1993
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company
Laid down: 23 May 1996
Launched: 26 July 1997
In service: 23 June 1998
Fate: in service
General characteristics
Displacement: 29,000 tons
Length: 950 ft
Beam: 106 ft
Draft: 34 ft
Propulsion: Gas turbine

USNS Watson (T-AKR-310) is one of Military Sealift Command's nineteen Large, Medium-Speed Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 33 ships in the Prepositioning Program. She is the lead ship of her class of vehicle cargo ships.

She was named for Private George Watson, a Medal of Honor Receipient.

Laid down on 23 May 1996 and launched on 26 July 1997, Watson was put into service in the Pacific Ocean on 23 June 1998.

According to The Guardian the human rights group Reprieve identified the Watson and sixteen other USN vessels as having held "ghost prisoners" in clandestine extrajudicial detention.[1]

References

  1. ^ Duncan Campbell, Richard Norton-Taylor (2 June 2008). "Prison ships, torture claims, and missing detainees". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/jun/02/terrorism.terrorism. Retrieved 2008-06-01.   mirror

This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.


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