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SS Wright (AVB-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - India - Romeo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Wright Class Aviation Logistics Support (Roll-on/Roll-off) Container Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Mormacsun a Maritime Commission type (C5-S-78) Ro-ro vessel under Maritime Administration contract (MA 224) for Moore-McCormack Lines, 1 June 1968, at Ingalls Shipbuilding Inc., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Launched, 1 July 1969
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), 1 February 1970
  • Renamed SS Young America, date unknown
  • Renamed SS Wright (AVB-3), 14 May 1986, and assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF), MSC PM-5 Sealift Program Office, Logistics Prepositioning Force
  • SS Wright provides support for Marine Corps helicopters and is maintained in reduced status ROS-5 (five day reactivation status) at Baltimore, MD.
    Displacement 8,106 t(lt) 23,800 t(fl)
    Length 602'
    Beam 90'
    Draft 30'
    Speed 18.7 kts.
    Propulsion geared steam turbine, single propeller

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    Commercial Service
    Wright 74k SS Young America moored at Galveston, TX., October 1984. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    SS Wright (AVB-3)
    Wright 60k SS Wright (AVB-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Wright 59k SS Wright (AVB-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Maritime Administration photos
    Ron Reeves
    Wright 85k
    Wright 57k SS Wright (AVB-3) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    Wright 129k SS Wright (AVB-3) passing through the Fore River Bridge while arriving at Bethlehem Steel Co, Quincy, MA. Fore River Shipyard for repair, 12 August 1991.
    Boston Herald photo by Brian Walski.
    Ron Reeves
    Wright 853k From left to right USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303), USNS Fisher (T-AKR-301), SS Wright (AVB-3) and the World War II Liberty ship SS John W. Brown moored at Pier 1, Baltimore, 2 June 2010. Photo by Ramon Jackson

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