U.S. Navy Ship MATTHEW PERRY in Suva Harbor

The USNS MATTHEW PERRY (T-AKE-9) is a Lewis and Clark class dry cargo ship of the United States Navy, named in honor of Commodore Matthew C. Perry, who led the effort to open Japan to trade with the West. The ship is expected anchor in the Suva Harbor October 25-27 for a routine port visit and crew rest. The current crew are civilian mariners so there will not be military engagements or an official reception on board.

USNS MATTHEW PERRY is the ninth Lewis and Clark class dry cargo ship and the first ship in the Navy to honor Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who led a squadron of ships to Japan in 1853 with the aim of opening that nation to trade. He served during the War of 1812 and the Mexican-American War, and suppressed piracy and the slave trade in the West Indies. He was the brother of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry.

General Characteristics: Awarded: January 30, 2006
Keel laid: October 3, 2008
Launched: August 16, 2009
Delivered: February 24, 2010
Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, San Diego, Calif.
Propulsion system: Integrated propulsion and ship service electrical system, with generation at 6.6KV by FM/MAN B&W diesel generators
Propellers: one
Length: 689 feet (210 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.31 meters)
Draft: 29.5 feet (9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 41,000 tons full load
Speed: 20 knots
Dry Cargo Capacity: 1,388,000 cubic feet
Fuel Cargo Capacity: 26,000 barrels
Aircraft: two helicopters
Armament: none
Crew: approx. 125 civilians and up to 49 US Navy
Homeport: West Coast