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USNS Comet (T-AKR-7)
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USNS Comet (T-LSV-7) (1963 - 1069)
USNS Comet (T-AK-269 (1958 - 1963)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal
Bottom Row - Vietnam Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal- Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal


Comet Class Roll-on Roll-off Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 15 May 1956, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 42) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 31 July 1957
  • Delivered to the Navy, 24 January 1958 and placed in service under control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as Cargo Ship USNS Comet (T-AK-269)
  • Redesignated Vehicle Landing Ship, (T-LSV-7), 1 January 1963
  • Redesignated Vehicle Cargo Ship/ Roll-on/Roll-off Ship, (T-AKR-7) in 1969
  • Transferred to MARAD, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. as a member of the MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF)
  • Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., 28 July 2006
    Specifications:
    Displacement 10,000 Long Tons.(lt) 16,489 Long Tons (fl)
    Length 465'
    Beam 78'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Speed 18 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion two steam turbines, twin shafts, 12,000shp

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    USNS Comet (T-AK-269)
    Comet 41k Comet (T-AK-269) underway, date and place unknown. Bill Valashinas
    Comet 66k Comet (T-AK-269) underway with the assistance of a tug, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, October 1958.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Comet 63k Comet (T-AK-269) off loading a tank onto the US Army Beach Discharger Lighter USAV Col. John U.D. Page, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, 8 April 1967.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1958.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Comet 79k Comet (T-AK-269) off loading a tank onto the flat deck of the US Army's Beach Discharger Lighter USAV Col. John U.D. Page, date and place unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, December 1958.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    USNS Comet (T-LSV-7)
    Comet 57k Comet (T-LSV-7) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, April 1976. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Comet 67k Comet (T-LSV-7) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    USNS Comet (T-AKR-7)
    Comet 98k Comet (T-AKR-7) underway, date and place unknown. Maritime Administration web site
    Comet 74k Comet (T-AKR-7) underway, date and place unknown. Maritime Administration web site

    USNS Comet (T-AK-269 / T-LSV-7 / T-AKR-7)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    USNS Comet Virtual Tour
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    Last Updated 14 June 2014