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MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054)

International Radio Call Sign:
Whiskey - Mike - Golf - Delta
Cape D Class Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship:
  • Laid down in 1972, as MV Tombarra at Eriksbergs MV AB, Sweden for Wilh. Wilhelmsen Lines, Finland
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Delivered for mercantile service, 30 August 1973
  • Acquired by Barber Steamship Co., date unknown
  • Purchased from Barber Steamship Co. by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, 10 October 1985
  • Renamed MV Cape Decision
  • Assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force, (RRF) as MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054)
  • MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054) is one of the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) 31 Roll-on/Roll-off ships and one of the 63 ships of the Sealift Program Office.
  • MV Cape Decision is laid up as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet in a layberth at Charleston, S.C. in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 13,220 t.(lt) 34,617 t.(lt)
    Length 681'
    Beam 97'
    Draft 37' (max)
    Speed 16.2 kts.
    Full Operational Status 27
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Propulsion diesel, single shaft

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    Mercantile Service
    Cape Decision 88k MV Tombarra moored pierside, Hamburg, Germany, September 1975. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Cape Decision 266k MV Tombarra underway in 1979 at Napier, New Zealand.
    Photo from the Chris Howell collection (negative received from Keith Wood).
    Chris Howell, Southland Ship Stores Limited, Port of Bluff, N.Z.
    MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054) - MARAD RRF
    Cape Decision 57k MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054) at anchor, date and location unknown. MSC web site
    Cape Decision 36k MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    Maritime Administration
    Cape Decision 39k MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    Maritime Administration
    Cape Decision 1002k MV Cape Decision (AKR-5054) at anchor with a small tanker alongside, date and location unknown. Note the security patrol boat in the foreground.
    MARAD photo
    Robert Hurst

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