TAK-E Ships Honor American Explorers

Naval Calendar 2009

Naval Calendar 2009

Our Naval Calendar 2009 features 13 images of US Navy and allied naval forces in action. Buy the Naval Calendar 2009 exclusively at the PatriArt Gallery for only $ 19.99. Worldwide delivery available.

Four new Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo/ammunition ships (T-AKE) will be named for Matthew Perry, Charles Drew, Washington Chambers and William McLean.

Matthew Perry (T-AKE 9) honors Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858), who led a squadron of ships to Japan in 1853 and opened that nation to trade.

Charles Drew (T-AKE 10) honors Dr. Charles R. Drew (1904-1950), a  medical researcher whose pioneering work led to the discovery that blood could be separated into plasma. 

Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11) honors Navy Capt. Washington Irving Chambers (1856-1934). A naval aviation champion, he arranged the world’s first airplane flight from a warship in 1910, paving the way for carrier aviation.

William McLean (T-AKE 12) honors William Burdette McLean (1914-1976), who conceived and developed the heat-seeking Sidewinder air-to-air missile.

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