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USNS Northern Light (T-AK-284)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Golf - Yankee - Sierra
Northern Light Breakbulk Class Cargo Ship
  • Laid down, 1 April 1960, as SS Mormaccove, a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-33a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 70), at Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, PA.
  • Launched, 1 April 1961
  • Delivered to Moore-McCormack Lines, 1 September 1961, for service as SS Mormaccove (IRCS - WMDG )
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1980
  • Converted for Naval service at Todd Shipyard, San Pedro, CA.
  • Placed in service, date unknown, with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Northern Light (T-AK-284)
  • Placed out of service, and laid up, 1 October 1984
  • Laid up, 9 May 1985, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., in RRF-30 status (MSC Ready Reserve available in 30 days)
  • Title transferred to MARAD, 1 October 2000, and released from RRF status
  • Final Disposition, slated for disposal
    Displacement 5,873 t.(lt) 18,410 t.(fl)
    Length 483'
    Beam 68'
    Draft 31' (max.)
    Speed 18 kts.
    Passengers 12
    one steam turbine
    two boilers
    one propeller
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    Northern Light 19k USNS Northern Light (T-AK-284) underway, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs

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    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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