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SS Bellatrix (AKR-288)
USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) (1982 - 2007)
USNS Bellatrix (T-AK-288) (1981 - 1982)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Hotel - Lima - Lima
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)

Algol Class Fast Sealift Ship (Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship):
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Sea-Land Trade at Rheinstahal Nordseewerke, Emden, Germany
  • Launched, 1 February 1973
  • Delivered to Sea-Land Steamship Co., 1 April 1973
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1981
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service as Cargo Ship USNS Bellatrix (T-AK-288), date unknown
  • Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR-288), September 1982
  • USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) was one of the eight Fast Sealift Ships in the Surge Force, assigned to MSC Atlantic
  • Bellatrix was returned to MARAD custody in 5-day RRF status (ROS-5), 1 October 2007, laid up in a berth at Marrero, LA.
    Displacement 29,692 t.(lt) 61,987 t.(fl)
    Length 947'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 37'
    Speed 33 kts.
    Complement 43 civilian mariners
    Armament none
    two Foster-Wheeler boilers, 875 psi (61.6kg/cm2), 950°F (510°C)
    two General Electric MST-19 steam turbines
    twin propellers 120,000shp
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    Commercial Service
    Bellatrix 438k SS Sea-Land Trade berthed at Yokohama, Japan in November 1980. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288)
    Bellatrix 1846k USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) underway, 13 July 1984.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-85-10732 (13 July 1984), a US Navy photo by Kim Lee, now in the collections of Defense
    Robert M. Cieri
    Bellatrix 45k USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) berthed at New Orleans, LA. in October 1984. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Bellatrix 1154k USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) moored at Genoa, Italy, 4 September 1988. Photo by Photos by Carlo Martinelli
    Bellatrix 1055k
    Bellatrix 233k USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) in New York Harbor, date unknown. MSC web site
    Bellatrix 66k USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar 29 September 1995 Photo by Daniel Ferro
    Bellatrix 69k USNS Bellatrix (T-AKR-288) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    SS Bellatrix (AKR-288) - MARAD RRF
    Bellatrix 192k SS Bellatrix (AKR-288) moored outboard of SS Altair (AKR-291) in their layberth at Marrero, LA., 4 August 2013. Photo by Christopher Holley

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Bellatrix (T-AK-288 / T-AKR-288) at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Fast Sealift Ships - T-AKR
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    Last Updated 30 August 2012