USNS ARCTIC is the third ship in the SUPPLY - class of fast combat support ships and is the fifth supply ship to carry the name of the region surrounding the North Pole. Since June 14, 2002, ARCTIC is operated by the Military Sealift Command. As a US Naval Ship, ARCTIC does no longer carry the weapons systems she previously (as "USS ARCTIC") was equipped with. One of these systems was the Phalanx CIWS.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: December 6, 1989|
|Keel laid: December 2, 1991|
|Launched: October 30, 1993|
|Commissioned: September 11, 1995|
|Decommissioned: June 14, 2002|
|MSC "in service": June 14, 2002|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Company San Diego, California|
|Propulsion System: four General Electric LM 2500 gas turbine engines|
|Length: 754,6 feet (230 meters)|
|Beam: 107 feet (32.6 meters)|
|Draft: 39 feet (11.9 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 48,800 tons|
|Speed: 26 knots|
|Aircraft: two CH-46|
|Homeport: Earle, N.J.|
|Crew: 176 civilians, 59 military|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS ARCTIC. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
Notes of Interest:
About the Name "ARCTIC":
USNS ARCTIC is named for the region north of the Arctic Circle (66 50' North Latitude). The arctic region derives its name from the Greek word "arktos" or "bear". Celestial "bears" appear frequently in the northern sky; the constellations Ursa Major (larger bear) and Ursa Minor (minor bear), and the navigational star Arcturus (the bearís guard).
Some Details (as USS ARCTIC AOE 8):
USS / USNS ARCTIC Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the ARCTIC at the Naval Fuel Depot at Norfolk, Va., on October 27, 2010. The last photo was taken two days later and shows the ARCTIC at Naval Base Norfolk.