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SS Cape John (AK-5022)

Cape J Class Breakbulk Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1963 as C. E. Dant a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1u) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 129) at National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered to the Maritime Administration, 6 February 1963, for operation by States Lines
  • Named changed to SS Santa Ana, date unknown
  • Reacquired by the Maritime Administration for assignment to the Ready Reserve Fleet (RRF) in 1980
  • Berthed at Orange, TX. as part of the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Fleet
  • When activated Cape John (T-AK-5022) is assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as one of the Military Sealift Command's six Modular Cargo Delivery System Ready Reserve Force Ships
  • Cape John can be activated in 20 days
    Displacement 8,280 t.(lt), 22,629 t.(fl)
    Length 565'
    Beam 76' 2"
    Draft 31' 7" (max.)
    Speed 17 kts.
    Full Operating Status Complement 35 Civilian Mariners
    Propulsion steam turbine, single propeller

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    Merchant Service States Steamship Co.
    Cape John 21k States SS Co's. SS C.E. Dant under way, date and location unknown.
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape John 178k States SS Co's SS C.E. Dant departing Vancouver, B.C., date unknown
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    SS. Cape Cape John MARAD RRF
    Cape John 45k SS Cape John (AK-5022) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Cape John 77k A CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter, assigned to the Dragon Whales of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron Eight (HC-8) picks up a pallet of ammunition to transport to USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) during a vertical replenishment (VERTREP) with the Ready Reserve Force Modular Cargo Delivery System ship SS Cape John (AK 5022) in the Arabian Gulf, 29 April 2003.
    US Navy photo # 030430-N-2382W-001 by PHAA Finley Williams.
    Navy Newsstand

    There is no DANFS history available for Cape John (T-AK-5022) at NavSource
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    National Register Eligibility Assessment

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