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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Mike Smolinski
USNS Southern Cross (T-AK-285)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Yankee - Victor
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Northern Light Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
Laid down, 1 February 1961, as SS Mormactrade, a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-33a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 98), at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
Launched, 1 January 1962
Delivered to Moore-McCormack Lines, 12 April 1962
Returned to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 15 February 1980
Acquired by the US Navy, 20 April 1980 and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Southern Cross (T-AK-285)
Placed out of service and laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA., in RRF-30 status (MSC Ready Reserve available in 30 days)
Title transferred to MARAD, 1 October 1994, and released from RRF status
Sold for scrapping, 24 August 2007, to North American Ship Recycling, Sparrows Point, MD., as part of a five ship contract for $2,161,610.
Final Disposition, scrapping contract re-awarded to ESCO Marine, Brownsville, TX., for $617,699, 21 December 2007, after North American Ship Recycling defaulted on original contract
Displacement 5,873 t.(lt) 18,410 t.(fl)
Draft 31' (max.)
Speed 16.2 kts.
Propulsion two boilers, single steam turbine engine, one propeller
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There is no DANFS history for Southern Cross (T-AK-285) available at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 7 January 2012
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