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MV American Cormorant (AK-2062)


Heavy Lift Semi-submersible Prepositioning Ship [HLPS]. A Float on/Float off Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1975 as the oil tanker MV Kollbris in Sweden
  • Launched (date unknown)
  • Delivered (date unknown)
  • Converted in 1982 in Sweden to a semi-submersible, heavy-lift carrier, renamed MV Ferncarrier
  • Purchased by Cormorant Shipholding in 1985 and re-flagged as US and renamed MV American Cormorant
  • Chartered by the Military Sealift Command (MSC), 21 October 1997, operated on time charter for the US Army by Osprey-Acomarit Ship Management of Bethesda, MD.
  • MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) was assigned to Marine Prepositioning Squadron Two and was forward deployed at Diego Garcia
  • Charter completed in 2002 and not renewed, returned to commercial service
  • Re-chartered as needed
    Specifications:
    Displacement 17,942 t.(lt) 70,692 t.(fl)
    Length 738'
    Beam 175' 4"
    Draft 34' (max)
    Speed 16 kts.
    Cargo Capacity barges containing the materiel-handling equipment needed to move containers and equipment ashore. Additionally, three tug boats, two LCM 8s, a ROWPU barge, and a floating 100-ton crane barge are embarked aboard the HLPS
    Full Operating Complement approximately 20 Civilian Mariners
    Propulsion diesel, single propeller

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    American Cormorant 102k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    American Cormorant 101k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    American Cormorant 59k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    American Cormorant 52k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) at anchor, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    American Cormorant 44k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) at anchor and partly submerged while off-loading/loading boats and barges, 10 June 1999, location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
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    American Cormorant 68k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) loads US Army watercraft at Southampton, United Kingdom, 30 November 2004. - US Army watercraft are floated onto the submerged cargo deck of American CormorantAmerican Cormorant is a heavy-lift, float-on/float-off vessel contracted by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) to move U.S. Army watercraft assigned to Field Support Battalion-Hythe to forward deployed locations. The ship is capable of submerging itself fifteen feet below the waterline to allow watercraft to float on and off its deck. The ship loaded more than 4,190 tons of cargo, floating on a U.S. Army "port-opening package," which included three small shore tug boats, four small landing craft, one crane barge, one fuel barge and two large landing craft.
    US Navy photo # 041130-N-0000B-002 by Edward Baxter.
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    American Cormorant 65k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) submerged fifteen feet below the waterline to allow US Army watercraft to "float on" in the port of Southampton, United Kingdom, 30 November 2004.
    US Navy photo # 041130-N-0000B-001 by Edward Baxter.
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    American Cormorant 51k MV American Cormorant (AK-2062) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Derick S. Hartshorn

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