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SS Wright (AVB-3)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - India - Romeo
NTIR
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.
    Specifications:
    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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    Merchant Service
    Wright 74k SS Young America moored at Galveston, TX., October 1984. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Wright 116k SS Young America under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret
    MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF)
    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
    Wright 366k SS Wright (AVB-3) moored pierside at Stapleton, Staten Island, 6 November 2012.
    Photographer unknown, images from Tugster
    Robert Hurst
    Wright 334k SS Wright (AVB-3), at left, and the black-hulled Massachusetts Maritime Academy USTS Kennedy tied up pierside at Stapleton, Staten Island, at the time of Hurricane Sandy, 6 November 2012. Kennedy had been activated to serve as housing for relief workers.
    Photographer unknown, images from Tugster
    Robert Hurst
    Wright 75k SS Wright (AVB-3) moving up the Delaware River to load at Tioga Terminal, 9 September 2017. Wright loaded response and recovery supplies at the Port of Philadelphia to support ongoing relief operations in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Wright will be transporting communications equipment for FEMA and the FAA, commodities such as shelf stable meals, and over 23 vehicles from the GSA that will be used by HHS and FEMA. Once the equipment is off loaded, the vessel, which can berth up to 325 people, will remain on site and be used for housing by federal employees supporting response and recovery efforts., Photos by Walt Bohn David Boone
    Wright 62k
    Wright 70k
    Wright 104k

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