Navy Lays Keel of Future Fleet Oiler John Lewis

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Navy authenticated the keel of its first John Lewis-class fleet oiler, marking the beginning of the ship's construction. USNS John Lewis underwent its keel-laying ceremony Monday at General Dynamics NASSCO's facility in San Diego, Naval Sea Systems Command said Monday.

"These ships are steadfast, reliable and allow our warships to defend our freedoms for which Representative Lewis has dedicated his life to protecting," said Mike Kosar, program manager for support ships, boats and craft at Program Executive Office, Ships.

Ships under the new class build on commercial design standards and will function as part of the service's combat logistics force.

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