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GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001)

International Radio Call Sign:
Kilo - Golf - Yankee - Echo
KGYE
Cape O Class Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1967, by Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 17 October 1967
  • Delivered upon completion, 19 December 1967, to Sunexport Holding Corp.
  • Time chartered by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 19 December 1967
  • Returned to Sunexport Holding Corp. by the Maritime Administration, 21 July 1986
  • Purchased by the Maritime Administration from Sunexport Holding Corp., 29 May 1987
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 26 June 1987
  • Assigned to the Maritime Administration's National Defense Reserve Fleet, Ready Reserve Force, (RRF), 1 July 1988
  • When activated GTS Admiral W.M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) is assigned to the Military Sealift Command's PM-5 Sealift Program Office
  • GTS Admiral W.M. Callaghan is laid up in a layberth at Alameda, CA. and can be activated in 5 days (FOS-5)


    Specifications:
    Displacement 13,161 t.(lt) 26,537 t.(fl)
    Length 694' 3"
    Beam 92'
    Draft 29' (max)
    Cargo Capacity 114,401 SQFT
    Speed 21.3 kts.
    Complement
    Fully Operational Status, 15
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Propulsion
    Gas Turbine
    As Built - two Pratt and Whitney FT-4 engines of 25,000 SHP each
    1969 Replacements - two General Electric LM-2500 marine gas turbines
    Two propellers

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    Adm W M Callaghan 73k
    Namesake

    Rear Admiral William McCombe Callaghan (August 8, 1897 - July 8, 1991), born in Chevy Chase, Maryland, was a U.S. naval officer and the first commander of the USS Missouri (BB-63). Callaghan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1918. After commanding the USS Reuben James (DE-153) in 1936, he joined the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations in 1939. In 1944, Captain Callaghan was named the first commanding officer of the Missouri, the Navy's newest battleship. On April 11, 1945, USS Missouri was struck by a kamikaze off the coast of Okinawa. The damage was minor, and no one died aboard this battleship except the Japanese pilot, Setsuo Ishino, whose body was recovered. Captain Callaghan insisted that the young Japanese airman had done his job to the best of his ability and with honor and deserved a military funeral. The following day, April 12, 1945, the pilot was given a military funeral at sea. During the Korean War, Callaghan commanded U.S. naval forces in the Far East. He retired in 1957. Admiral Callaghan died July 8, 1991, at Bethesda Naval Hospital after suffering a stroke.
    US National Archives photo # 80-G-K-4600 (Color) a US Navy photo now in the collections of the US National Archives
    USS Missouri (BB-63) Captain William M. Callaghan, ship's Commanding Officer, on the navigating bridge during her Summer 1944 shakedown period.
    Bill Gonyo
    Adm W M Callaghan 394k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) moored at Savannah, GA., circa February/March, 1884/1985. Photo by William Cooling
    Adm W M Callaghan 268k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) moored stern to, date and location unknown. CAPT. Ed Lanni
    Master GTS Admiral W M Callaghan
    Adm W M Callaghan 174k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) underway, date and location unknown.
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    Military Sealift Command
    Adm W M Callaghan 64k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) underway, date and location unknown.
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    Adm W M Callaghan 90k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) underway, date and location unknown.
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    US Maritime Administration
    Adm W M Callaghan 92k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
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    US Maritime Administration
    Adm W M Callaghan 2350k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) moored outboard of MV Cape Orlando (AKR-2044) and across the pier from an unknown Ready Reserve Force ship in their lay berths across from the Ex-USS Hornet CVS-12) at Alameda Point, (ex-NAS Alameda) CA., 27 December 2008. Photo by Chris Rasmussen
    Cape Orlando 188k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) and MV Cape Orlando (AKR-2044) underway in San Francisco Bay as they depart the former NAS Alameda, circa January 2011. Mike McCullough
    Adm W M Callaghan 175k GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan (AKR-1001) underway in San Francisco Bay as she departs the former NAS Alameda, circa January 2011. Mike McCullough
    Adm W M Callaghan 173k

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