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SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005)

International Radio Call Sign:
Whiskey - Echo - Zulu - Papa
WEZP
LASH Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down circa 1971-72 as SS China Bear, a Lighterage Aboard Ship (LASH) Cargo Ship, at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed and delivered, 25 Mary 1972 to Pacific Far East Lines Inc.
  • Sold to Farrell Lines Inc., 22 December 1975
  • Renamed SS Austral Rainbow, 30 December 1975
  • Chartered by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), from 22 October 1981 to 21 October 1985
  • Placed in service as SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005)
  • Time-chartered by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), from 30 May 1987 to March 1990
  • Placed in service as SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005)
  • SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005) was propositioned as part of COMPSRON 2 at Diego Garcia until mid-1990
  • Returned to her owners for commercial service upon completion of her contract with MSC
  • Sold by Farrell Lines Inc. to Central Gulf Lines Inc., October 1990
  • Final Disposition, laid up for scrapping in Malaysia in February 2000
    Specifications:
    Displacement 39,277 t.(fl)
    Length 820'
    Beam 100'
    Draft 40' 8" (max.)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 100 20-foot containers, 74 LASH barges and two pusher boats
    Full Operating Complement 24 Civilian Mariners
    Propulsion 2 combustion engineering boilers; 1,100 psi; 2 De Val turbines; 32,000 hp; 1 shaft

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    Merchant Service
    Austral Rainbow 35k SS China Bear in the service of Pacific Far East Lines, at Yokohama, Japan, September 1975 Photo by Gerhard Muller-Debus
    SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005) - MARAD Charter
    Austral Rainbow 118k SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005) anchored, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, circa 1985.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Austral Rainbow 51k SS Austral Rainbow -AK-1005) anchored, Diego Garcia, British Indian Ocean Territory, circa 1985.
    US Navy photo.
    Global Security web site
    Austral Rainbow 71k SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005) docking at Lyttelton, New Zealand, date unknown. Maritime Administration
    Austral Rainbow 78k SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    Austral Rainbow 108k SS Austral Rainbow (AK-1005) off the coast of Thailand in 1992. Robert Guttman

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