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US naval ship docks at Vietnam port for maintenance

The U.S. 7th Fleet supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, landed at a port in Nha Trang Bay in the south central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Tuesday for maintenance services. 

The U.S. 7th Fleet supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, landed at a port in Nha Trang Bay in the south central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Tuesday for maintenance services.
The U.S. 7th Fleet supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez (T-AKE 14), a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, landed at a port in Nha Trang Bay in the south central Vietnamese province of Khanh Hoa on Tuesday for maintenance services.

The ship, which sailed to the bay from the Philippines, is scheduled to stay in Nha Trang for 15 days to receive regular maintenance from a local company.

The ship will be maintained by engineers and workers of Cam Ranh Shipbuilding Plant, a subsidiary of the Vietnam Shipbuilding Industry Group, the Nha Trang Port Border Gate Station said.

The vessel brings along a crew of 144 members, including 138 men and six women.

The ship, which is 210 meters long and 32.2 meters wide, weighs 41,000 tons and moves at 20 nautical miles per hour. It can accommodate two helicopters.

The USNS Cesar Chavez’s keel was laid down on May 9, 2011 by the U.S. National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego.

The ship was launched on May 5, 2012.

The USNS Cesar Chavez is the first ship operated by the United States Navy to be named after Cesar Chavez (1927–93), an American labor leader and civil rights activist.