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NEWPORT NEWS
 READY
RESERVE FORCE
Newport News, Virginia
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READY RESERVE FORCE "RRF"

Specifications:   for all three ships
Displacement: 13,900t. (lt)  Length 668'  Beam 76' 1"  Draft 33' 5" Speed 17 kts.
Complement: FOS 89 civilian mariners   ROS 5 civilian mariners
Cargo Capacity: 300+ standard containers  Cranes: [6] 30 ton capacity.
Armament: none
Propulsion: [2] General Electric turbines [2] boilers [1] propeller, 17,500shp.


One ship was missing at the time of this photo taking. Three more Sealift ships are moored several piers south.
SS GOPHER STATE ACS-4
...Gopher State  -  NAVSOURCE  -  WIKIPEDIA

Keystone State Class Crane Ship:

Laid down:, 26 July 1971, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
                 as SS Export Leader, a Maritime Administration
                 type (C5-S-73b) hull under Maritime Administration
                 contract (MA 257)
Launched, 8 July 1972
Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 22 January 1973
Assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
Placed in service as SS Gopher State (ACS-4), date unknown



SS FLICKERTAIL STATE ACS-5
Flickertail State  -  NAVSOURCE  -  WIKIPEDIA
Keystone State Class Crane Ship:

Laid down, 14 February 1967, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. as
     SS C.V. Lightning, a Maritime Administration type (C5-S-73b)
     hull container ship for American Export Isbrandtsen Line, under
     Maritime Administration contract (MA 205)
Launched, 11 May 1968
Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 21 February 1969 Assigned by the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Placed in service as SS Flickertail State (ACS-5), date unknown



SS CORNHUSKER STATE ACS-6
Cornhusker State  -  NAVSOURCE  -  WIKIPEDIA
Keystone State Class Crane Ship:
Laid down, 27 November 1967, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. as
     SS C.V. Stag Hound, a Maritime Administration type
     (C5-S-73b) hull - Maritime Administration contract (MA 207) Launched, 2 November 1968
Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 20 June 1969, for operation by American Export Isbrandtsen Containership Lines Assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
Placed in service as SS Cornhusker State (ACS-6), 7 May 1984
     SS Cornhusker State (ACS-6) is one the
     several Crane Ships in the Surge Force