New class of replenishment oiler for the USN.
John Lewis-class, previously known as T-AO(X) and the replacement for the Henry J. Kasier-Class
T-AO 205 John Lewis -- United States (Navy), 2020
Some Info and specs are known right now but will get hammered out further as they get closer to construction. So far it looks very similar to the Kaiser class.
"The Navy wants to procure the first TAO-205 in FY2016 and the remaining 16 ships at a rate of
one per year during the period FY2018-FY2033. If this procurement schedule were implemented,
the Navy projects that the lead ship would enter service in FY2020 and that the remaining ships
would enter service at a rate of one per year during the period FY2021-FY2036."
"Although the design of the TAO-205 has not yet been determined in detail, the Navy anticipates
that the ship will have capabilities similar to those of the Kaiser-class ships, and that the TAO-205
will rely on existing technologies rather than new technologies. To guard against oil spills, TAO-
205s are to be double-hulled, like modern commercial oil tankers, with a space between the two
hulls to protect the inner hull against events that puncture the outer hull. (The final Kaiser-class
ships are double-hulled, but earlier ships in the class are single-hulled.)"
"The press report stated that the TAO-205 would have capabilities similar to the Kaiser-class ships,
but that compared to the Kaiser-class design, the TAO-205 will have increased space for dry
cargo, as well as a refueling capability for helicopters on its deck.8"
"The T-AO(X) will only have a limited capability to defeat a submarine launched torpedo
attack and no capability to defeat a missile attack. When delivered, the TAO(X) will
—[the] NIXIE Torpedo Countermeasure System [for decoying certain types of
—[the] Advanced Degaussing System (Anti-Mine) [for reducing the ship’s magnetic
signature, so as to reduce the likelihood of attack by magnetically fused mines]
When required, the T-AO(X) will also have ability to embark Navy Expeditionary
Combat Command Expeditionary Security Teams (EST). The ESTs will embark with
several crew served weapons and are designed to provide limited self-defense against a
small boat attack.
The T-AO(X) will have Space, Weight, Power and Cooling (SWAP-C) margins for
future installations of the following systems:
—[the] Close In Weapon System (CIWS) or SeaRAM (Rolling Airframe Missile) [for
defense against missile attack]
—[the] Anti-Torpedo Torpedo Defense System (ATTDS) [for destroying torpedoes]
Even after the installation of a CIWS or ATTDS, if the T-AO(X) was to operate in
anything other than a benign environment, the ship will require both air and surface