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USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007)
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SS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007)


SGT Matej Kocak Class Maritime Prepositioning Ship:
  • Built by Sun Ship Building Co. Chester, PA. as SS Charles Carroll a Maritime Administration type (C7-S-133a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MC hull 351)
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration in 1983 for operation by the Waterman Steamship Corp.
  • Acquired by the Navy under a long-term charter in 1985
  • Converted by National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA.
  • Placed in service in 1985 under the direction of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as SS MAJ Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007), operated by Waterman Steamship Corp.
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) is one of the Military Sealift Command's seventeen Container & Roll-on/Roll-off Ships and is part of the 36 ships in the Prepositioning Program.
  • MAJ Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) is assigned to the Pacific area, Maritime Prepositioning Ship Squadron Three
  • Acquired by the US Navy's Military Sealift Command, date unknown, placed in service as USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007)
    Specifications:
    Displacement 26,125 t.(lt) 48,754 t.(fl)
    Length 821'
    Beam 105' 6"
    Draft 33' 10" (max)
    Speed 20 kts.
    Cargo Capacity
    Containers, 532
    Ro-ro, 152,236 square feet
    JP-5, 20,290 bbls
    DF-2, 12,355 bbls
    Mogas, 3,717 bbls
    Stable Water, 2,189 gals
    Cranes
    2 twin 50 ton
    1 30 ton gantry
    Aircraft helicopter platform
    Armament none
    Complement26 civilian mariners
    Propulsion
    2 boilers
    2 GE turbine
    single propeller, 30,000 shp

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    SS MAJ Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) - MSC Charter
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 18k Namesake Major Stephen W. Pless United States Marine Corps Marine Corps League
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 76k SS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 52k SS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) underway, possibly under tow, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 80k SS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk, the Netherlands
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 114k SS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (AK-3007) offloads cargo during Operation Desert Shield, 13 December 1990.
    Defense Visual Information Center photo # DM-ST-92-00102, SSGT. J. R. Ruark
    Bill Gonyo
    USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007)
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 234k Military Sealift Command's Surge Sealift, Roll-on/Roll-off ship USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK 3007) arrives at Laem Chabang in support of Exercise Cobra Gold carrying more than 470 items. Maj. Stephen Pless is one of two MSC ships delivering equipment for Exercise Cobra Gold, one of the largest multilateral exercises in the Asia-Pacific region.
    US Navy photo # 160127-N-IX266-002 LAEM CHABANG, Thailand (Jan. 27, 2016) by Grady T. Fontana.
    Lee Wahler
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 227k U.S. Army Soldiers with 1-2 Infantry Division, 2-3 Battalion, inspect an Interim Armored Vehicle Stryker, as it is off loaded from USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK 3007), during exercise Cobra Gold 2016, at Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand. Cobra Gold, in its 35th iteration, is an important element of the United States' and all other participating nations' regional military to military engagement efforts.
    US Marine Corps Combat photo # 160128-M-AR450-511 SATTAHIP, Thailand (Jan. 28, 2016) by Cpl. Wesley Timm.
    Lee Wahler
    MAJ Stephen W. Pless 300k A humvee is offloaded from USNS Maj. Stephen W. Pless (T-AK 3007). Pless, carrying more than 470 items, is one of two MSC ships delivering equipment for Exercise Cobra Gold, one of the largest multilateral exercises in the Asia-Pacific region. Pless is concurrently participating in Pacific Pathway 16-1, an operation that supports three exercises.
    US Navy photo # 160128-N-IX266-003 CHUK SAMET, Thailand (Jan. 28, 2016) by Grady T. Fontana.
    Lee Wahler
    PFC Eugene A. Obregon 259k USNS Maj Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007) moored pierside outboard of USNS PFC Eugene A. Obregon (T-AK-3007) at Newport News, VA., 17 August 2016.
    US Navy Photo # 160817-N-OH262-361 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (Aug. 17, 2016 by Bill Mesta
    Lee Whaler
    PFC MAJ Stempen W. Pless 67k USNS Maj Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007) pulls away from the pier at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after delivering her fleet hospital cargo. At left the Navy tug Wanamassa (YTB-820) is returning to her berth in the harbor.
    US Navy photo from MSC
    Robert Hurst

    USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Major Stephen W. Pless United States Marine Corps Medal of Honor Citation
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Defense Video Imagery Distribution System - USNS MAJ Stephen W. Pless (T-AK-3007)
    US Navy Fact File - Maritime Prepositioning Ships - T-AK
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