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SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11)
USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11) (1976 - 1986)

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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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National Defense Service Medal

Cape I Class Roll-on/Roll-off Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 January 1975 as SS Arizona a Maritime Administration type (C7-S-95a) hull, at Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 1 November 1976
  • Delivered to MARAD for turnover to States Line
  • Acquired by Lykes Bros, Shipping Line and renamed SS Lipscomb Lykes
  • Acquired by the US Navy and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service as USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11), 8 June 1976, under the management of Crowley Liner Services of Jacksonville, FL
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command Near Term Prepositioning Force (NTPF) in support of the equipment of the 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade
  • Returned to MARAD control, 26 April 1986
  • Renamed SS Cape Intrepid, 22 November 1993 and assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) one of the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) 31 Roll-on/Roll-off ships and one of the 63 ships of the Sealift Program Office, .
  • SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) is laid up as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet in a layberth at Commencement Bay, Tacoma, WA. in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 15,000 t.(lt) 33,900 t.(fl)
    Length 685'
    Beam 102'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.7
    Full Operational Status 31
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion two steam turbines, two propellers
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    USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11)
    Mercury 41k USNS Mercury (T-AKR-10) foreground, with her stern vehicle ramp partially extended, and USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11) and an unidentified tanker in the background. They are part of the initial maritime prepositioning force shown on station, August 1980.
    US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Boats and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) - MSC RRF
    Cape Intrepid 78k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Cape Intrepid 30k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Intrepid 37k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) underway with assistance of tugs, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Mercury 374k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-10) moored with SS Cape Island (AKR-11) in their layberths at Commencement Bay, Tacoma, WA., in August 2013 Photos by Tom Langford
    Mercury 343k
    Mercury 336k

    There is no DANFS history for USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11) / SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
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