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SS Aide (AK-5006)

Cape A Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 May 1959, as SS Export Aide, a Maritime Administration type (C3-S-58a) hull, under Maritime Administration contract (MA 319) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, 4 June 1961
  • Delivered to the American Export Lines, 3 April 1961
  • Acquired by Farrell Lines from American Export - Isbrandsten Lines, in 1978
  • Acquired by the Maritime Administration from Farrell Lines, circa 1978 for lay up in the Maritime Administrations National Defense Reserve Fleet (NDRF), James River, Lee Hall, VA. in a retention status, named changed to SS Aide
  • Assigned to the US Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC) Ready Reserve Force (RRF), as AK-5006, 5 October 1979
  • Outported at Charleston, S.C. and later at Quonset Point, R.I.
  • SS Aide could be activated in 10 days
  • Activated for Desert Shield/Storm, 4 December 1990 to 31 December 1990
  • Reactivated for Desert Shield/Storm, 20 February 1991 to 22 February 1992
  • Assigned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, 11 November 1994
  • Outported at Alameda, CA. from 1992 to 1994
  • Downgraded from RRF retention status to non-retention status in 2001
  • Moved to the National Defense Reserve Fleet anchorage at Suisun Bay in 1995
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping in February 2012
    Displacement 7,848 t.(lt), 10,986 t.(fl)
    Length 492' 6"
    Beam 73'
    Draft 27' (max.)
    Speed 18.5 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement
    Civilian Mariners, 55
    Reduced Operating Status 5 Maintainers
    two General Electric steam turbines
    two Babcock and Wilcox boilers
    single propeller, 12,500shp

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    Merchant Service American Export Isbrandtsen Lines.
    Aide 87k SS Export Aide under way in American Export Isbrandtsen Lines colors, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration Photo
    National Defense Reserve Fleet
    Aide 14k SS Aide (AK-5006) moored, date and location unknown. Maritime Administration Photo
    Aide 200k SS Aide (AK-5006) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. in February 2009. Maritime Administration Photo
    Aide 14k
    115k SS Aide (AK-5006) moored in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 24 July 2011. Inboard of Aide are a number of ships with only SS Agent (AK-5015) identifiable..
    Photo taken by Earthpig (real name unknown)
    Robert Hurst

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