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USNS Comet (T-LSV 7) early in her career.
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Class: COMET (LSV 7)
Design: MA C3-ST-14a
Displacement (tons): 8,175 light, 18,286 full
Dimensions (feet): 499' oa, 465' wl [479'] x 78' e/wl x 27' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 60 officers, 53 others
Speed (kts.): 18
Propulsion (HP): 12,000
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (615psi/850deg), 2 screws

7COMET29[28] Jun 1955Sun SB & DD15 May 195631 Jul 195727 Jan 1958

LSVNameTOOSStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
7COMETT22 Apr 1984None?1 Sep 1985MA/T24 Jun 2015

Class Notes:
On 8 August 1956 classifications and names were approved for four cargo ships (AK) and one Cargo Ship Dock (AKD) then under construction for MSTS that had not yet been named. One, AK 269, was a new type "roll on - roll off" cargo ship was given the name COMET, suggesting perpetual motion. The name was recommended by an officer in MSTS. In commission in MSC with a Navy crew to 1985, to MA custody (RRF) 15 Mar 1985. NVR reports title transfer to MA 1 Sep 1985 but remained in NVR to at least Jan 1995.

Ship Notes:
7COMET42Delivered by builder to MA and by them to MSTS 24 Jan 1958. On 26 April 1963 effective 1 June 1963 COMET (T-AK 269) was reclassified to T-LSV 7. On 25 September 1968 effective 1 January 1969 COMET (T-LSV 7) was reclassified to T-AKR 7. From MSC to MA custody 15 Mar 1985 (RRF in SBRF, to Portland Ore. Apr 1986, RRF Hunters Point, RRF Oakland CA Oct 1996, to SBRF as RRF homeport 25 Apr 2000). From RRF to NDRF retention (laid up) Jul 2006, to non-retention Jan 2008. Departed SBRF 5 Aug 2015 for Marine Metals Inc., Brownsville. BU completed 26 May 2016.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 13 Aug 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, VSC, NVR