Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Lima - Kilo
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Gordon Class Large Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship (LMSR):
  • Built in Denmark in 1972 as MV Jutlandia and lengthened by Hyundai in 1984
  • Delivered for mercantile service, 1 June 1973
  • Acquired by the US Navy under long term charter, date unknown
  • Converted to a Gordon Class Large Medium Speed Roll on/Roll off ship at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296), 23 August 1996
  • USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) is one of the Navy's 28 LMSR Strategic Sealift Ships operated by MSC
  • USNS Gordon is assigned to the MSC Atlantic surge force and is maintained in Readiness Operational Status 4 (ROS-4) in a lay up berth at Manama, Bahrain
    Displacement 32,589 t.(lt) 65,000 t.(fl)
    Length 956'
    Beam 105' 9"
    Draft 36' (max)
    Speed 24 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 284,064 sq. ft. plus 49,991 sq. ft. deck cargo
    Civilian Mariners 26 (up to 45)
    US Navy personnel 50 (2 Officers, 48 Enlisted)
    Armament none
    One Burmeister & Wain 12K84EF Diesel; 26,000 hp(m) (19.11 MW)
    Two Burmeister & Wain 9K84EF diesels, 39,000 hp(m) (28.66 MW)
    Three shafts (center cp prop) bow thruster

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    Merchant Service
    Gordon 49k The Danish containership SS Jutlandia drydocked in Hamburg, Germany, May 1973. Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Gordon 37k SS Jutlandia working cargo in Hong Kong in 1982. Photo by Gerhard Mueller Debus
    Gordon 421k SS Jutlandia moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Chris Howell owned negative.
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)
    Seay 281k Five large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ships, or LMSRs (left to right) moored in their lay berths at Newport News, VA., 2002. From left to right:
    USNS Seay (T-AKR-302),
    USNS Mendonca (T-AKR-303),
    USNS Watkins (T-AKR-315),
    USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) and
    USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298).
    Photo by Nobe Smith. MSC.
    Robert Hurst
    287k Oblique aerial starboard bow view of USNS Shughart (T-AKR-295) and USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) tied up at the Newport News commercial coal piers, 31 August 1996. At the pier in the background is an out of service Silas Bent class oceanographic survey ship.
    Photo by Robert J. Sitar (USN Ret) contributed to Wikimedia Commons by National Archives at College Park - Still Pictures. The donation was facilitated by the Digital Public Library of America, via its partner National Archives and Records Administration. DPLA identifier: 7e9fd9ce21007fbfdaf08417bd8e82db National Archives Identifier: 6495418.
    Robert Hurst
    Gordon 78k USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Gordon 62k USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    Gordon 103k USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists
    Gordon 48k USNS Gordon (T-AKR-295) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists

    USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)

    Master Sergeant Gary Ivan Gordon United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
    Back To The Main Photo Index Back To The Service Force Ship Type Index Back To The Vehicle Cargo Ship / Roll-on/Roll-off Ship (AKR) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 12 May 2024