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SS Capella (AKR-293)
USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) (1983 - 2007)
USNS Capella (T-AK-293) (1981 - 1983)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Bravo - Xray - Oscar
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 (Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle) Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Sea-Land McLean at Rotterdamsche D.D.Mij N.V., Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Launched, 1 September 1972
  • Delivered to Sea-Land, 1 October 1972
  • Acquired by the US Navy, date unknown
  • Assigned to MSC as USNS Capella (T-AK-293)
  • Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR-293), 1 November 1983
  • USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) was one of the eight Fast Sealift Ships in the Surge Force, assigned to MSC Atlantic
  • Capella was returned to MARAD custody, 1 October 2007, and berthed at Alameda, CA. in 5-day RRF status (ROS-5)
    Displacement 29,692 t.(lt) 61,987 t.(fl)
    Length 947'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 34' 10"
    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.
    Capella 323k SS Sea-Land McLean berthed at Yokohama, Japan in September 1975 Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USNS Capella (T-AKR-293)
    Capella is the brightest star in the constellation of Auriga, the sixth-brightest star in the night sky, and the third-brightest in the northern celestial hemisphere after Arcturus and Vega.
    Tommy Trampp
    Capella 262k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC Web Site
    Capella 1776k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) underway, 1 January 1984, location unknown.
    Department of Defense photo # DN-SC-86-03285 (1 January 1984) from Defense
    Robert M. Cieri
    135k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) offloading military vehicles and supplies in the port of Mogadishu, Somalia, 20 January 1993, in support of Operation Restore Hope.
    U.S. Department of Defense photo # DD-SD-00-00871 by Master Chief Petty Officer Terry Mitchell.
    Robert Hurst
    Capella 68k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 1 May 1994 Photo by Daniel Ferro
    Antares 244k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) and USNS Antares (T-AK-294) moored in their berths at the inner harbor at Baltimore, MD., 1994. Photos by Cody Shaffer
    Antares 238k
    Capella 91k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) moored pierside at Iskenderun, Turkey.
    Photo by Valdrin Xhemaj, Agence France Presse, from Naval Institute Proceedings, August 2003
    Joe Radigan
    Capella 62k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) moored, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    Capella 60k USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) moored, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    SS Capella (AKR-293) MARAD RRF
    Algol 233k SS Algol (AKR-287), right, SS Capella (AKR-293) and the auxiliary crane ship SS Grand Canyon State (ACS-3) are assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force, and are moored in Alameda, Calif. These steam ships are more than 40-years-old and are maintained to be ready for deployment in five days or less. Also of note is the museum ship USS Hornet (CVS-12). Lee Wahler

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Capella (T-AKR-293) at Navsource
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    MARAD Vessel History Database

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