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SS Pollux (AKR-290)
USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) (1982 - 2007)
USNS Pollux (T-AK-290) (1981 - 1982)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Mike - Victor - Golf
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 Market at A.G. Weser, Bremen, Germany, (date unknown)
  • Launched, 1 May 1973
  • Delivered to Sea-Land Steamship Co., 1 September 1973
  • Acquired by the US Navy in 1981
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Placed in service as Cargo Ship USNS Pollux (T-AK-290), date unknown
  • Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR-290) in September 1982
  • USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) was one of the eight Fast Sealift Ships in the Surge Force, assigned to MSC Atlantic
  • Pollux was returned to MARAD custody, 1 October 2007 and laid up in Philadelphia in 5-day RRF status (ROS-5)
    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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    Merchant Service USA Sea-Land Services Inc.
    Pollux 48k SS Sea-Land Market arriving at Bremerhaven, Germany in August 1976. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Pollux 77k Sea-Land Steamship Co.'s.SS Sea-Land Market underway, date and location unknown. Mike Hibbard
    Pollux 118k
    USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290)
    Pollux 397k USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) anchored in the harbor off the Port of Pusan, South Korea, 19 October 1998. USNS Pollux is loading vehicles onto an Army Logistics Support Vessel (LSV) which will then transport the vehicles from Pollux to Pier 8 at the Port of Pusan.
    Top photo US Department of Defense photo # 981019-A-6207H-530, a US Army Signal Corps photo by SPC Christina Anne Horn.
    Bottom photo US Navy
    Robert Hurst
    MSC web site
    Pollux 144k
    Pollux 45k USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 21 November 1995 Photo by Daniel Ferro
    Pollux 56k USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 21 November 1995 Photo by Peter Westdijk, the Netherlands
    Pollux 72k USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) moored at Norfolk & Western Railroad's Lambert Point Pier # O on the Elizabeth River, at Norfolk, VA., 13 May 2000.
    US Navy photo # 000513-N-4912M-022, by Don S. Montgomery, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Bill Gonyo
    SS Pollux (AKR-290) MARAD RRF
    Pollux 101k SS Pollux (AKR-290) in drydock at the former Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, now Penn Ship, 11 February 2009 Photos by Ed Zajkowski
    Pollux 89k
    Pollux 81k
    Pollux 94k
    238k SS Pollux (AKR-290) undergoing repairs at Boston's Drydock Number 3, 28 October 2014.
    ©Arnold Reinhold Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0), Wikipedia Commons.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Pollux (T-AKR-290) at Navsource
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