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USNS Vega (T-AK-286)

International Radio Call Sign:
November- Yankee - Mike - Zulu
NYMZ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Battle "E" Ribbon (4) - National Defense Service Medal

Vega Class Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 April 1981, as SS Mormcabay a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-33a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 68), at Sun Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Company, Chester, PA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the Moore McCormack Shipping Co., date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 18 March 1983
  • Converted to provide support services for the advanced FBM bases at Holy Loch and Rota
  • Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Vega (T-AK-286), date unknown
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 7 November 1998
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Title Transfer to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 April 1998
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping. Contract awarded 30 March 1999 to D & D Steel, Inc., Brownsville, TX. Sold for $1000.
    Specifications:
    Displacement16,400 t.
    Length 147.6 m
    Beam 10.7 m
    Draft 9.4 m
    Speed 18 kts
    Range 25,900 km @18 kts
    Propulsion 12,100 PS HP Dampf-Turbines Steam Turbines, 1 Schraube Screw

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    Vega 196k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ed Lanni, Captain USNS Vaga
    Vega 178k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Vega 28k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at New Orleans, LA., 19 March 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSN8309324, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 50k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401113, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 71k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401112, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 55k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401111, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 70k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401110, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 46k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401109, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 52k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401108, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 58k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) underway in the Atlantic Ocean during acceptance trials, 4 May 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSC8401107, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 44k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at Boland Marine Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., 18 March 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSN8401096, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 38k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at Boland Marine Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., 18 March 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSN8401093, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 60k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at Boland Marine Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., 18 March 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSN8309325, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 46k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at Boland Marine Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., 18 March 1983.
    DOD photo # DNSN8309322, photo by Boland Marine.
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 42k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at Boland Marine Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., (date unknown).
    DOD photo
    Defense Visual Information Center
    Vega 62k USNS Vega (T-AK-286) moored pierside at Boland Marine Shipyard, New Orleans, LA., (date unknown).
    DOD photo
    Defense Visual Information Center

    There is no DANFS history available for Vega (T-AK-286) at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database

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