Tàu dài 103 m, rộng 28 m, lương giãn nước 1.500 tấn. Sở dĩ nó được gọi là USNS Fall River vì Bộ trưởng Hải quân Ray Mabus thông báo việc đặt tên ở Fall River, bang Massachusetts. Nó được thiết kế kiểu tàu hai thân nhằm giúp việc lướt nước trên biển nhanh hơn và mang lại không gian lớn bên trong.
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy since June 18, 2009. An American politician and member of the Democratic Party. Served as the United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from 1994 to 1996. After some controversies over the naming of Navy sea vessels, on April 16 2012, the Navy Secretary returned to Naval tradition of naming certain warships after former U.S. presidents, announcing the next Zumwalt-class destroyer be named the USS Lyndon B. Johnson.
https://flic.kr/p/usLvqK | Ray Mabus presents actor Eric Dane a shadow box representing his father's naval service. | WASHINGTON (June 12, 2015) Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus presents actor Eric Dane a shadow box representing his father's naval service during the premier of the second season of the TNT television series "The Last Ship" during a screening at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Dane plays one of the main characters in the series. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Commu...
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus meets with Major General Robert F. Hedelund Commander, U.S. Marine Corps Forces Korea and Rear Adm. Bill Byrne, Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea (CNFK) in Seoul. Mabus is in the region to meet with Sailors and Marines, and civilian and military officials, as part of a multi-nation visit to the U.S. Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers (Released) 160819-N-AC887-012