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USNS Sea Lift (T-LSV 9).
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Class: SEA LIFT (LSV 9)
Design: SCB Project Nos. 236 and 712.65 and MA C4-ST-67a
Displacement (tons): 9,154 light, 21,480 full
Dimensions (feet): 540' e, 499' wl x 83' e/wl x 29' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 33 civilian
Speed (kts.): 22
Propulsion (HP): 19,400
Machinery: 2 steam turbines, 2 boilers, 2 screws

Construction:
LSVNameOrdBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
9SEA LIFT/METEOR25 Jun 1963Lockheed SB19 May 196418 Apr 196519 May 1967

Disposition:
LSVNameTOOSStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
9SEA LIFT/METEORT30 Oct 1985None?1 Sep 1985MA/T25 Jun 2015

Class Notes:
On 15 June 1961 the U.S. Army rear services command in Europe reported to the Army Chief of Transportation in Washington that for the past 18 month a portion of the critical supplies for the European theater had been shipped in trailer-van services via the two roll-on/roll-off vessela then in service (presumably COMET and TAURUS). This had resulted in a reduction in the average time from CONUS to USAREUR from 60-90 days to 25 days and a reudction in the Army's air movement requirement. The only drawback was the current 10-15 days spread between vessel arivals. USAREUR recommended that additional ships be procured to reduce this gap to a guaranteed weekly service. On 10 August 1961 the Chief of Staff of the Army informed CNO that the current peacetime express service, shipped in trailer-vans via the two roll-on/roll-off vessels then in operation between CONUS and Army forces in Europe, had developed into a useful, economical and indeed indispensable form of support to the Seventh United States Army. It also enhanced the Army's ability to respond to emergency situations. He expressed the Army's interest in Navy plans for the construction of additional ships of this type, which would be a substantial step toward assembling a rapid means of uniting air transported combat forces with their supporting equipment in an overseas area. On 22 August 1961 CNO replied that the funding program recently submittedby the Navy to DOD included procurement of five additional RO/RO ships, one per year from FY 1963 to FY 1967, with each ship becoming operational two years after funding. This package was awaitng approval by SECDEF. Approved characteristics for a Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-LSV RO/RO), SCB Project No. 236, were promulgated on 23 July 1962 and updated for FY 1964 on 4 April 1963 and as SCB Project No. 712.65 for FY 1965 on 5 December 1963 with a final change to SCB 236 on 8 May 1964.

SEA LIFT was accepted by the Navy from her builder on 29 April 1967 for an availability to correct deficiencies and was accepted by MSTS at Seattle on 19 May 1967. On 25 September 1968 effective 1 January 1969 T-LSV 7 was reclassified to T-AKR 7. On 12 September 1975 SECNAV changed the name of T-AKR 9 from SEA LIFT to METEOR. Served in commission in MSC with a Navy crew to 1985, then to MA custody (RRF) 30 Oct 1985. The NVR reported title transfer to MA on 1 Sep 1985 but she remained in the NVR to at least Jan 1995.

Ship Notes:
LSVNameMANotes
9SEA LIFT/METEOR167FY 1963. [Launch 17.4.65 NVR.] Ex T-AK 278 1 Jun 1963. On 25 September 1968 effective 1 January 1969 SEA LIFT (T-LSV 9) was reclassified to T-AKR 9. Renamed METEOR 12 Sep 1975. To RDF 3 Apr 1980, deployed to the Indian Ocean in mid-1980 with Marine equipment as a near-term prepositioning ship. To MA custody 30 Oct 1985 (RRF at Los Angeles, RRF Hunters Point, RRF Oakland CA Oct 1996, to SBRF as RRF homeport 29 Feb 2000). From RRF to NDRF retention Jul 2006, to non-retention Jan 2008. Scrapping contract with All Star Metals LLC, Brownsville effective 25 Jun 2015, signed by company 29 Jun 2015. Departed SBRF 29 Jul 2015 for Brownsville. BU completed 4 Apr 2016.

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