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SS Denebola (AKR-289)
USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) (1982 - 2007)
USNS Denebola (T-AK-289) (1981 - 1982)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Sierra - Papa
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)

Algol Class Fast Sealift Ship (Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship):
  • Laid down as SS Sea-Land Resource at Rotterdamsche D.D.Mij N.V., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Launched, 1 November 1973
  • Delivered to Sea-Land Steamship Co., 1 December 1973
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1981
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service as Cargo Ship USNS Denebola (T-AK-289), (date unknown)
  • Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR-289) September 1982
  • USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) was one of the eight Fast Sealift Ships in the Surge Force, assigned to MSC Atlantic
  • Denebola was returned to MARAD custody in 5-day RRF status, 1 October 2007
    Displacement 29,692 t.(lt) 61,987 t.(fl)
    Length 947'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 37'
    Speed 33 kts.
    Complement 43 civilian mariners
    Armament none
    two Foster-Wheeler boilers, 875 psi (61.6kg/cm2), 950°F (510°C)
    two General Electric MST-19 steam turbines
    twin propellers, 120,000shp
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    Denebola 103k USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) underway, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Denebola 63k USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 18 October 1993. Photo by Daniel Ferro
    175k USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) docked at the port of Mogadishu, Somalia, 7 February 1994, awaiting loading of US troops and equipment for redeployment back to the United States.
    U.S.Air Force photo DF-ST-96-00691 by Staff Sgt. James D. Mossman, US Air Force.
    Robert Hurst
    Denebola 53k USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) moored, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    Denebola 404k USNS Denebola (T-AKR-289) (outboard) with USNS Regulus (T-AKR-292) (inboard) moored pierside at Baltimore, 2 June 2010. Photo by Ramon Jackson

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