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SS Flickertail State (ACS-5)

Keystone State Class Crane Ship):
  • Laid down, 14 February 1967, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. as SS C.V. Lightning, a Maritime Administration type (C5-S-73b) hull container ship for American Export Isbrandtsen Line, under Maritime Administration contract (MA 205)
  • Launched, 11 May 1968
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 21 February 1969
  • Assigned by the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force under operational control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service as SS Flickertail State (ACS-5), date unknown
  • SS Flickertail State is berthed at Newport News VA. and is maintained in a 5-day readiness status (ROS-5)
    Displacement 13,900 t.(lt) 31,500 t.(fl)
    Length 668'
    Beam 76' 1"
    Draft 33' 5"
    Speed 20 kts.
    FOS 89 civilian mariners
    ROS 5 civilian mariners
    Cargo Capacity 300+ standard containers
    Cranes six 30 ton capacity cranes
    Armament none
    two General Electric turbines
    two boilers
    single propeller, 17,500shp
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    Merchant Service American Export Isbrandtsen Lines.
    Flickertail State 438k American Export Isbrandtsen Lines SS C.V. Lightning approaching Bremerhaven, Germany on the Weser River, August 1969. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    SS Flickertail State (ACS-5) - MARAD RRF
    Flickertail State 54k SS Flickertail State (ACS-5) moored pierside at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, date unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Flickertail State 76k SS Flickertail State (ACS-5) at anchor, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration web site
    Cornhusker State 2193k SS Cornhusker State (ACS-6) and SS Flickertail State (ACS-5) tied up at the Moon Engineering Corporation pier on the Elizabeth River, Norfolk, VA., 21 July 1994 for routine overhaul.
    US Department of Defense photo # DN-ST-95-00962 by Don Montgomery USN Ret.
    Cornhusker State
    1467k SS Cornhusker State (ACS-6) and SS Flickertail State ACS-5) moored at the Military Sealift Command pier at Newport News in RRF standby status, 6 July 1996.
    US Department of Defense photos # DN-SC-97-01327, DN-SC-97-01328, DN-SC-97-01326 and DN-SC-97-01325 by Don Montgomery USN Ret..
    Cornhusker State
    Cornhusker State
    Cornhusker State
    Flickertail State 269k The Office of Naval Research tests their Large Vessel Interface Lift-on/Lift-off (LVI Lo/Lo) crane at Naval Station Norfolk, 14 April 2010. The demonstrator crane, which has been temporarily installed on the Maritime Administration ship SS Flickertail State (ACS 5), uses motion-sensing technology to control standard 20-foot containers in all six degrees of freedom. Alongside SS Flickertail State is the open/covered lighter YFN-1270.
    US Navy News Service # ID 100414-N-0000H-001
    Robert Hurst

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