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MV Cape Race (AKR-9960)

Cape R Class Roll-on/Roll-off ship:
  • Built in 1977 as MV Seaspeed America, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Placed in commercial service, date unknown, by Transocean RO-RO Corp.
  • Renamed MV G & G Admiral, date unknown,
  • Renamed MV Stena America, date unknown
  • Acquired, 28 April 1993, by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration
  • Renamed MV Cape Race, 1 February 1994
  • Assigned to MSC Ready Reserve Force, 11 September 1994, as MV Cape Race (AKR-9960)
  • Entered the Ready Reserve Force, (date unknown)
  • Operated under contract by Keystone Shipping Co., Bala Cynwyd, PA.
  • When activated MV Cape Race (AKR-9960) 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 Race is maintained in a layberth at Portsmouth, VA. in FOS-5
    Displacement 12,872 t.(lt) 35,357 t.(fl)
    Length 648'
    Beam 105' 6"
    Draft 33' (max)
    Speed 17.6 kts.
    Cargo Capacity 132,209 sq. ft.
    Full Operational Status 25
    Reduced Operational Status 9
    Armament none
    two medium speed MAN V Diesel engines
    two shaft generators and two auxiliary generators
    two propellers, 17,350shp

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    Cape Race 118k MV Cape Race (AKR-9960) departing Hampton Roads, VA, date unknown
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Cape Race 256k MV Cape Race (AKR-9960) arriving with British Army, 35 Engineer Regiment Group equipment for service Croatia/Bosnia in 1995. Andy Townsend
    Cape Race 235k
    Cape Race 235k
    Cape Race 221k
    Cape Race 218k MV Cape Race (AKR-9960) off-loading British Army, 35 Engineer Regiment Group equipment for service in Croatia/Bosnia as part of operation Grapple Surge in 1995. Andy Townsend
    Cape Race 54k MV Cape Race (AKR-9960) at anchor in the Bay of Gibraltar, 20 January 1996 Photo by Daniel Ferro
    Cape Race 25k MV Cape Race (AKR-9960) pierside at North Florida Shipyards, Jacksonville, FL., date unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Cape Race 27k
    Cape Ray 281k Aerial view of Moon Engineering Co. pier near Norfolk, VA. with various vessels tied up. From left to right is the guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG-51), the Maritime Administration Reserve Force Ships MV Cape Race (AKR-9960), MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679) and MV Cape Rise (AKR-9678)
    US Navy photo # 950122-N-ZZ999-101 PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Jan. 22, 1995) by Robert J. Sitar.
    Lee Wahler
    Cape Rise 168k Left to right; MV Cape Race (AKR-9960),
    MV Cape Ray (AKR-9679 and
    MV Cape Rise (AKR-9678) moored pierside in their layberths at Portsmouth, VA., 22 September 2017
    Photos by Hugh Hudson III
    Cape Rise 203k
    Cape Rise 194k

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