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SS Antares (AKR-294)
USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) (1983 - 2007)
USNS Antares (T-AK-294) (1981 - 1983)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Echo - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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

Algol Class (Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle) Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, as SS Sea-Land Galloway at A.G. Weser, Bremen, Germany
  • Launched, 1 May 1972
  • Delivered to Sea-Land in 1 September 1972
  • Acquired by the US Navy, 16 April 1982
  • Assigned to MSC as USNS Antares (T-AK-294)
  • Delivered, 6 October 1982, to Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, LA. for conversion to naval service
  • Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR-294), 10 September 1982
  • Delivered to the Military Sealift Command, 12 July 1984
  • USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) was one of the eight Fast Sealift Ships in the Surge Force, assigned to MSC Atlantic
  • Returned to MARAD, custody, 1 October 2007, redesignated SS Antares
    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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    Antares 443k Newspaper photo of Sea-Land Steamship Co.'s.SS Sea-Land Galloway fitting out at Bremen, Germany in 1972. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Antares 53k SS Sea-Land Galloway underway, date and location unknown.
    Photos courtesy
    Mike Hibbard
    USNS Antares (T-AKR-294)
    Antares 247k Rechristened USNS Antares (T-AKR-294), 12 July 1984, by Mrs. Wallace H. Nutting, wife of General Nutting, USA Dale Hargrave
    Antares 144k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) loading government cargo, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Antares 201k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC web site
    Antares 1432k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) taking on vehicles and equipment in Bremerhaven, Germany, during Operation "Reforger 86", 9 February 1986.
    Department of Defense photo # DA-SC-87-04275, a US Army Signal Corps photo now in the collections of Defense Imagery
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 671k M-60 main battle tanks are lined up in the staging area at the Dundalk Marine Terminal, Baltimore, MD., 20 February 1986 after being offloaded from USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) in background. The tanks were used by the 32nd Separate Infantry Brigade (Mechanized), Wisconsin Army National Guard, during Exercise REFORGER '86.
    Photo taken by Nathaniel McBride. ID: DA-ST-8704189
    Robert Hurst
    Antares 33k A US Coast Guard patrol boat passes under the stern of USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) while moored pierside at Savannah, GA., 1 August 1990. Antares was being loaded with equipment for deployment to Saudi Arabia in support of Operation Desert Shield.
    USCG United States Coast Guard Photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    Antares 244k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) and USNS Capella (T-AK-293) moored in their berths at the inner harbor at Baltimore, MD., 1994. Photos by Cody Shaffer
    Antares 238k
    Antares 65k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 12 September 1995. Photo by Daniel Ferro
    Antares 116k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) moored pierside at Charleston, S.C. while loading out in support of the Gulf war, June 2005. Jack Treutle
    Antares 41k USNS Antares (T-AKR-294) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands

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