USNS Comet T-AKR-7
Mother of All Ro/Ro's

Roll On - Roll Off History


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Comet (T-AK-269) off loading a tank onto the flat deck of the US Army's Beach Discharger Lighter USAV Col. John U.D. Page, date and place unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1958. By Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.

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Comet A luminous astronomical body, commonly with a long nebulous tail, and following a fixed orbit around the sun.

Comet Class Roll-on Roll-off Cargo Ship:
Laid down: 15 May 1956, (MA hull 42) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched: 31 July 1957;  Delivered: 24 January 1958 and placed in service under control of
                      the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as Cargo Ship USNS Comet (T-AK-269).
Redesignated: Vehicle Landing Ship, (T-LSV-7), 1 January 1963.
Redesignated: Vehicle Cargo Ship/ Roll-on/Roll-off Ship, (T-AKR-7) in 1969
Transferred: to MARAD, laid up in the NDRF, Suisun Bay, CA. in the MARAD (RRF).
Removed: from the RRF by reassignment to the NDRF, Suisun Bay, CA., 28 July 2006

Specifications:
Displacement: 10,000 Long Tons.(lt) 16,489 Long Tons (fl)
Length: 465'  Beam: 78'   Draft: 27' (max.)   Speed: 18 kts.
Complement: unknown   Armament: none
Propulsion: [2] steam turbines, twin shafts, 12,000shp

The former USNS Comet (T-AKR-7) is a vehicle landing ship originally built for the U.S.A. Navy. The lone ship of its class. The Comet is considered to be the first oceangoing “Roll On/Roll Off” vessel. The Comet operated as part of the common user fleet of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), later Military Sealift Command (MSC). It was a notable participant in the U.S. response to the Lebanon Crisis in 1958.

The USNS COMET T-AKR-7; on August 15, 2015, STARTED HER      To Brownsville.


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