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SS Meteor (AKR-9)
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USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) (1975 - 1985)
USNS Sealift (T-AKR-9) (1969 - 1975)
USNS Sealift (T-LSV-9) (1967 - 1969)


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal


Sea Lift Class Roll-on/Roll-off Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down 18 May 1964, as SS Sea Lift a Maritime Administration type (C4-ST-67a) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 124) at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction, Seattle WA.
  • Launched 17 April 1965
  • Completed 25 April 1967
  • Placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Sea Lift (T-LSV-9), 19 May 1967
  • Reclassified Vehicle Cargo Ship (AKR), 14 August 1969
  • Renamed USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) 12 September 1975
  • Assigned to the Rapid Deployment Force in April 1980
  • Reassigned to Ready Reserve Force (RRF), 30 October 1985
  • Meteor was one of 31 Roll-on/Roll-off ships and one of the 55 ships in the RRF in the Sealift Office Program
  • When not activated Meteor was laid up at a layberth at Oakland, CA., in 10 day fully ready status (ROS-10)
  • Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, 28 July 2006
    AKR Specifications:
    Displacement 9,154 t.(lt) 21,480 t.(fl)
    Length 540'
    Beam 83'
    Draft 24'
    Speed 17.9 kts.
    Complement Full Operational Status 34
    Propulsion two 600psi Combustion Engineering top-fired boilers, two De Laval Geared turbines, twin shafts, two General Electric main generators

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    USNS Sea Lift (T-LSV-9)
    Sea Lift 50k USNS Sea Lift (T-LSV-9) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    USNS Sea Lift (T-AKR-9)
    Meteor 91k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) moored pierside at Johnston Atoll during Operation Red Hat, July - September 1971. John A. Ursillo
    Meteor 68k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) underway off Johnston Atoll during Operation Red Hat, July - September 1971. John A. Ursillo
    USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9)
    Meteor 114k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Meteor 224k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) underway, date and place unknown. William Zarkas, Retired MSC Boatswain
    President, MSC Retiree Association
    Meteor 87k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) main deck looking forward, while moored pierside at NSC Oakland, CA., date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Meteor 70k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) loading POVs at NSC Oakland, CA., date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Meteor 68k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) loading POVs at NSC Oakland, CA., date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Meteor 74k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) off-loading POVs at NSC San Pedro, CA., date unknown. Photo by Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Meteor 91k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) moored pierside at Johnston Atoll during Operation Red Hat, July - September 1971. John A. Ursillo
    Meteor 68k USNS Meteor (T-AKR-9) underway off Johnston Atoll during Operation Red Hat, July - September 1971. John A. Ursillo
    SS Meteor (AKR-9) MARAD RRF
    Meteor 98k SSMeteor (AKR-9) underway, date and place unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Meteor 114k SS Meteor (AKR-9) underway, date and place unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Meteor 136k SS Meteor (AKR-9) underway, date and place unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Meteor 66k SS Meteor (AKR-9) underway, date and place unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Meteor 80k SS Meteor (AKR-9) underway, date and place unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration

    USNS Sea Lift (T-LSV-9) / Meteor (T-AKR-9)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S.Navy Memorial Foundation

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
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