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MV Cape Kennedy (AKR-5083)

Cape K Class Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in 1979 as MV Nedlloyd Rosario, place unknown
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Renamed MV Rosario, date unknown
  • Acquired by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration, renamed MV Cape Kennedy, assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force
  • When activated MV Cape Kennedy (AKR-5083) is one of the Maritime Administrations 31 Roll-on/Roll-off Reserve Force Ships assigned to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) Sealift Program Office
  • MV Cape Kennedy is berthed in a layberth at New Orleans in ROS-5 status
    Displacement 15,718 t.(lt) 44,466 t.(fl)
    Length 696'
    Beam 106'
    Draft 35' (max)
    Speed 16.6 kts.
    Cargo Capacity (unknown)
    Fully Operational Status 25
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    Propulsion one slow speed diesel engine, one shaft

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    Merchant Service
    Cape Kennedy 66k MV Nedlloyd Rosario (Netherlands flag) underway at Hamburg, Germany, January 1981. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    MV Cape Kennedy (AKR-5083) - MARAD RRF
    Cape Kennedy 85k MV Cape Kennedy (AKR-5083) underway, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Kennedy 71k MV Cape Kennedy (AKR-5083) moored pierside in her layberth at New Orleans, date unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Kennedy
    168k MV Cape Kennedy (AKR-5083) moored at Naval Support Activity New Orleans on the Mississippi River, New Orleans, LA., 29 July 2007.
    Photo courtesy of Jacobst Wikipedia
    Robert Hurst
    Cape Knox
    102k Ready Reserve Force (RRF) vehicle transports MV Cape Knox (T-AKR-5082) and Cape Kennedy (T-AKR-5083) moored on the Mississippi River at New Orleans, LA., 22 April 2011.
    Courtesy Thilo Parg. Wikimedia / Commons, License: CC BY-SA 3.0
    Robert Hurst

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