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SS Regulus (T-AKR 292)

- formerly USNS Regulus (T-AKR 292), formerly T-AK 292, formerly SS SEA-LAND COMMERCE -

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Named after the white star which is part of the constellation Leo, the REGULUS is the sixth ALGOL - class fast sealift ship. Ships in that class are the world's fastest cargo ships. Originally built in West Germany in 1973 as SS SEA-LAND COMMERCE for Sea-Land Services, Inc., Port Elizabeth, N.J., the ship was purchased by the Navy in 1981 and converted. The cargo hold was redesigned into a series of decks connected by ramps so that vehicles can now be driven in and out of storage areas for rapid loading and unloading. Four cranes were installed - twin cranes amidships capable of lifting 35 long tons and twin cranes aft capable of lifting 50 long tons. The REGULUS was delivered to the Military Sealift Command in 1985.

Since then, the REGULUS was involved in several operations including Desert Shield/Desert Storm (1990/91), Restore Hope (1992) and Operation Enduring Freedom (2001 - ). On October 1, 2007, the REGULUS was transferred to the MARAD. On October 1, 2008, the ship was transferred to the Ready Reserve Force and lost her USNS designation.

General Characteristics:Launched: December 1, 1973
Delivered to Sea-Land Services, Inc., Port Elizabeth, N.J.: March 1,1973
Purchased by the Navy: October 27, 1981
Conversion started: June 29, 1984
Delivered: August 28, 1985
Builder: A.G. Weser, Bremen, West Germany
Conversion yard: National Steel and Shipbuilding, San Diego, CA
Propulsion system: two Foster-Wheeler boilers, 875 psi (61.6kg/cm2); 9500F (5100C) and two GE MST-19 steam turbines; 120,000 hp (89.5 MW)
Propellers: two
Length: 946.2 feet (288.4 meters)
Beam: 105.6 feet (32.2 meters)
Draft: 36.4 feet (11.1 meters)
Displacement: approx. 55,355 tons full load
Speed: 33 knots
Aircraft: helicopter landing area only
Armament: none
Capacity: more than 700 Army vehicles (including tanks, trucks, and helicopters)
Crew: 43 civilians, 12 military technicians (fully operational); 18 civilians (reduced operating status)
Homeport: Philadelphia, PA


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS REGULUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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The photo below was taken by Brian Barton and shows the REGULUS at Naval Base Norfolk on July 23, 2002.

The photos below were contributed by Stefan Karpinski and were taken by the helo detachment of the German frigate MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN (F 218). They show the REGULUS being escorted through Bab El Mandeb by the MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN during Operation Enduring Freedom in 2003.



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