USNS Comet

The former USNS Comet (T-AKR-7) is a vehicle landing ship originally built for the U.S.┬áNavy. The lone ship of its class, it was built at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania and was delivered in January 1958. The Comet is considered to be the first oceangoing “Roll On/Roll Off” vessel. The Comet operated as part of the common user fleet of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), later Military Sealift Command (MSC). It was a notable participant in the U.S. response to the Lebanon Crisis in 1958.

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Bridge


Bridge


Chart Room


Gyro Room


Radio Room


Captain's Cabin


Captain's Office


Officer's Lounge


Crew's Lounge


Galley


DC Heater Space


Crew Cabin


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Main Deck


Anchor Windlass Control


Ramp Winch


Driveway


Driveway


CO2 Room


Hold No. 4


Hold No. 3


Hold No. 3


Hold No. 3


Steering Gear


Steering Gear


Engine Room - Upper Flat


Engine Room - Upper Flat


Engine Room - Upper Flat


Engine Room - Upper Flat


Engine Room - Upper Flat


Engine Room - Lower Flat


Engine Room - Lower Flat


Engine Room - Lower Flat


Engine Room - Lower Flat


Shaft Alley

 

 

Launched July 31, 1957
Builder Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co
Length 499 ft
Beam 78 ft
Designed Operating Draft 22 ft
Displacement ( (Full Load) 16,489 Long Tons
Gross Registered Tonnage 13,790
Propulsion Steam Turbines
Maximum Continuous
Shaft Horsepower
13,200
Normal Shaft Horsepower 12,000
Service Speed 18 Knots
Cruising Radius at 18 knots 13,000 Miles


Additional Information:

MARAD USNS Comet Page

HAER Survey CA348 (PDF)