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USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Mike - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2)

Gordon Class Large Medium-speed Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in Denmark as MV Selandia in 1972 and lengthened by Hyundai in 1984
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered for mercantile service, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Navy under long term charter, date unknown
  • Converted to a US Navy Vehicle Roll-on/Roll-off Ship (LMSR) at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Newport News, VA., contract date 23 May 1997
  • Assigned to Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298), 23 August 1996
  • USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) is one of the Navy's 28 Strategic Sealift Ships operated by MSC
  • USNS Gilliland is assigned to the MSC Atlantic surge force and is maintained in ROS-4 status which means she is maintained in a four-day readiness status
    Displacement 32,589 t.(lt) 65,000 t.(fl)
    Length 954'
    Beam 105' 9"
    Draft 36' (max)
    Speed 24 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 284,064 sq. ft. plus 49,991 sq. ft. deck cargo
    Civilian Mariners 12 reduced / up to 45 full
    US Navy Personnel 50
    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

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    Merchant Service
    Gilliland 73k The Danish EAC container carrier SS Selandia drydocked at Hamburg, Germany in September 1975. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Gilliland 162k SS Selandia underway in the Hook of Holland in 1979. Photo by Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    Gilliland 71k SS Selandia working cargo at Hamburg, Germany in February 1984. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298)
    Gilliland 138k USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) underway during sea trials, 5 May 1997, after being converted at Newport News Shipbuilding. Her conversion included fitting a heavy slewing stern ramp for vehicles, side doors, internal vehicle ramps, and a helicopter deck forward of the bridge.
    Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company photo by Stu Gilman from "US Amphibious Boats and Craft", by Norman Friedman.
    Robert Hurst
    Gilliland 230k USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    MSC Web Site
    Gilliland 56k USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 2 October 1997. Photo by Daniel Ferro
    Gilliland 55k USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) underway, date and location unknown. Photo by Peter Westdijk the Netherlands
    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
    Gilliland 208k USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298) performs tactical formation maneuvers during a transit of the North Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 24, 2019. The simulated convey maneuvers were part of U.S. Transportation Command's turbo activation, which was designed to test the surge sealift fleet's material readiness and its crews' ability to sail their ships in a contested environment.
    US Navy Photo # 190924-N-OH262-0669 NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 24, 2019) by Bill Mesta.
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Gilliland (T-AKR-298)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Corporal Charles L. Gilliland United States Army Medal of Honor Citation
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    Navy Fact File - Large, Medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off Ships - T-AKR
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