|USNS Charlton is the fifth member of the Watson Class of Vehicle Cargo Ships presently in service with the US Military Sealift Command, laid down in January 1999 and activated for service in May 2000. |
Assigned to Military Sealift Command Afloat Prepositioning Ship Squadron Four, the Charlton rotates in and out of prepositioning at Diego Garcia Atoll in the Indian Ocean. While on duty, she is loaded with enough ammunition, food, water, fuel, equipment and other supplies to sustain up to 20,000 troops of an Army 2x2 heavy armored brigade and the 6th Brigade Afloat for up to 15 days.
She is shown here during her May-August 2010 overhaul.