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USNS Southern Cross (T-AK-285)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Yankee - Victor
NGYV
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,873 t.(lt) 18,410 t.(fl)
    Length 486'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 31' (max.)
    Speed 16.2 kts.
    Propulsion two boilers, single steam turbine engine, one propeller

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    Southern Cross 222k USS Southern Cross (AK-285) underway, date and location unknown Chris Howell

    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

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