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USS Lewis and Clark leaving Earle
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USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE-1), the lead ship of her class of dry cargo ship, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Here the ship sailed out the Sandy Hook Channel as it left the Navel Weapons Station Earle Pier in Leonardo New Jersey The T-AKE's primary mission will be delivering supplies to Navy ships from sources of supply like friendly ports, or from sea using specially equipped merchant ships. The T-AKE will transfer cargo -- ammunition, food, limited quantities of fuel, repair parts, ship store items and expendable supplies -- at sea to station ships and other naval warfare forces.