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USNS Comet

The former USNS Comet (T-AKR-7) is a vehicle landing ship originally built for the US Navy. The lone ship of its class, it was built at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania and was delivered in January 1958. The Comet is considered to be the first purpose-built 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.

Additional Information:
MARAD USNS Comet Page
HAER Survey CA348

History of USNS Comet
Launched July 31, 1957
Builder Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co
Length 499 ft
Beam 78 ft
Designed Operating Draft 22 ft
Displacement (Full Load) 16,489 Long Tons
Gross Registered Tonnage 13,790
Propulsion Steam Turbines
Maximum Continuous Shaft Horsepower 13,200
Normal Shaft Horsepower 12,000
Service Speed 18 Knots
Cruising Radius at 18 knots 13,000 Miles

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