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SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11)
USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11) (1976 - 1986)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Mike - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Cape I Class Roll-on/Roll-off Ship:
  • Laid down, 27 January 1975 as SS Arizona a Maritime Administration type (C7-S-95a) hull, at Bath Iron Works Corp. Bath, ME.
  • Launched, 1 November 1976
  • Delivered to MARAD, 29 January 1979, for turnover to States Line
  • Handed over, 29 January 1979, to Lykes Bros, Shipping Line and renamed SS Lipscomb Lykes
  • Acquired by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11), 7 May 1980, under the management of Crowley Liner Services of Jacksonville, FL
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command Near Term Prepositioning Force (NTPF) in support of the equipment of the 7th Marine Amphibious Brigade
  • Charter completed, 6 December 1985
  • Returned to MARAD control, 26 April 1986
  • Renamed SS Cape Intrepid, 22 November 1993 and assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) one of the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) 31 Roll-on/Roll-off ships and one of the 63 ships of the Sealift Program Office, .
  • SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) is laid up as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet in a layberth at Commencement Bay, Tacoma, WA. in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 15,000 t.(lt) 33,900 t.(fl)
    Length 685'
    Beam 102'
    Draft 32'
    Speed 18.7
    Full Operational Status 31
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion two steam turbines, two propellers
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    USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11)
    Jupiter 77k
    Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest in the Solar System. It is a gas giant planet with a mass one-thousandth that of the Sun, but two-and-a-half times that of all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter has been known to astronomers since antiquity. It is named after the Roman god Jupiter. Jupiter is the third brightest natural object in the night sky after the Moon and Venus.
    NASA - An image of Jupiter taken by the Hubble Space Telescope
    Tommy Trampp
    Jupiter 17k USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Mercury 41k USNS Mercury (T-AKR-10) foreground, with her stern vehicle ramp partially extended, and USNS Jupiter (T-AKR-11) and an unidentified tanker in the background. They are part of the initial maritime prepositioning force shown on station, August 1980.
    US Navy photo from "US Amphibious Boats and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) - MSC RRF
    Cape Intrepid 78k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Cape Intrepid 30k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Intrepid 37k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-11) underway with assistance of tugs, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Mercury 374k SS Cape Intrepid (AKR-10) moored with SS Cape Island (AKR-11) in their layberths at Commencement Bay, Tacoma, WA., in August 2013 Photos by Tom Langford
    Mercury 343k
    Mercury 336k

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