General Dynamics NASSCO, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), delivered USNS William McLean (T-AKE 12) to the U.S. Navy during a signing ceremony September 28, 2011. Named in honor of William Burdette McLean (1914-1976), the U.S. Navy physicist who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder missile, the William McLean is the twelfth ship delivered in the Navy's 14-ship T-AKE dry cargo-ammunition ship program in five years.
NASSCO began constructing USNS William McLean in September 2009. William McLean will carry necessary supplies and equipment required to support U.S. Marine Corps operations anywhere in the world.
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