USNS William McLean to return to Naval Station Norfolk on July 26

USNS William McLean
Posted at 8:27 PM, Jul 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-25 23:27:15-04

NORFOLK, Va. – USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) is coming home.

The U.S. Navy Combat Logistics Force (CLF) vessel will return to Naval Station Norfolk after a successful 10-month deployment Sunday, July 26 at 12:30 p.m.

Transiting 57,632 nautical miles across the 2nd, 5th and 6th Fleets, McLean performed a number of different Military Sealift Command missions in the Atlantic Ocean from the Arctic Ocean to the Mediterranean and North Seas to the Arabian Gulf.

William McLean is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship, named in honorof William McLean, a United States Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile.

The contract to build the ship was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company on December 12, 2008. William McLean, and it was launched on April 16, 2011, sponsored by Dr. McLean's niece, Margaret Taylor. The ship was delivered to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on September 28, 2011.