METEOR (T-AKR-9)


Year Built
1967
Official Number
986933
Ship Yard
Lockheed S.B. & Construction Co
General Type
Roll-On/Roll-Off
Specific Type
RO-RO (Vehicle Carrier)
Ship Length
539.6 feet
Beam
83.00 feet
Mast Height
153.0 feet
Net Tons
11505 tons
Gross Tons
16467 tons
Cargo Capacity
"77578" square feet
Draft, Summer
29.08 tons
Draft, Lightweight
14.8 tons
Displacement, Summer
21480 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
9154 tons
Immersion, Summer
79.0 tons
Immersion, Lightweight
65.0 tons


Historical Narrative



The former USNS Sea Lift, a Roll On/Roll Off (Ro/Ro) cargo ship, was built by the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Co., Seattle, Washington and delivered to the Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), now the Military Sealift Command (MSC), on May 19, 1967.

The vessel is a somewhat enlarged and improved version of the prototype Ro/Ro, USNS Comet. Sea Lift was assigned to MSTS Pacific, and was engaged in the transportation of military vehicles throughout the East Asia operating area, including deliveries to Vietnam. 

In 1975, Sea Lift was one of seven ships that formed the first pre-positioning squadron in Diego Garcia, an island in the Indian Ocean; the ship was renamed Meteor to bring its nomenclature into alignment with that of the Comet, and the chartered Ro/Ro vessels Mercury and Jupiter.

Meteor was among a number of MSC cargo vessels assigned to the Ready Reserve Force (RRF) in fiscal year 1984, with administrative control transferred to the Maritime Administration.  Full title transfer came in the early 1990s. 

Meteor was stationed in the San Francisco Bay area and participated in numerous RRF exercises, and in the major deployment for Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM. 

Meteor was moved from Alameda, California to the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet in 2003 while still assigned to the RRF in 10-day retention status; however, in 2006 it was downgraded from the RRF program.  Initially held in retention status as a "military useful" vessel, it was downgraded to non-retention status in January, 2008.

On July 29, 2015, Meteor was withdrawn from Suisun Bay, destined to be recycled under a scrap services contract by All Star Metals of Brownsville, Texas.

The Maritime Administration's National Register Eligibility Assessment for Meteor, available in the Documents section, contains a detailed history of the vessel.

Vessel Name History

1967 - 1975: Sealift (LSV-9)
1975 - present: Meteor (T-AKR-9)

Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event: Completed
Date: 4/25/1967

Completed by Lockheed Shipbuilding
Event: Ship Name Change
Date: 9/12/1975

Ship SEA LIFT changes name to METEOR
Event: Acquisition
Date: 8/1/1985

MARAD took title from US Navy
Event: Entered RRF
Date: 10/2/1985

Vessel entered the Ready Reserve Force
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/2/1997

Completed bay trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/15/1997

ENRTE: New outport at Alameda Point
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/15/1997

At new permanent outporthomeport
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/19/1998

Conducting activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 3/20/1998

Completed activation sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/23/1999

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/24/1999

Completed sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/29/2000

Under tow to SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/29/2000

New homeport is SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/9/2001

Tow to San Francisco Drydock for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/9/2001

At San Francisco Drydock
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/22/2001

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 10/23/2001

Completed sea trial at Alameda Point CA
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/6/2001

Moving up pier approx. 65 feet
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 11/6/2001

Completed pier movement
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/31/2002

Under tow to SBRF
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 1/31/2002

Returned from repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/11/2003

ENRTE: San Francisco Pier 50 for repairs
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 2/11/2003

Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/2/2003

Conducting sea trial
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 4/3/2003

Unsuccessful sea trial | Retrial 4/8/03
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/7/2003

Under tow to Alameda Pier 1 for bunkers
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/7/2003

In for bunkering
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/15/2003

Under tow to Cascade General Portland OR
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 5/22/2003

In for drydocking
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/6/2003

Conducting sea trial to Alameda CA
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 6/8/2003

Completed sea trial from Cascade General
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 8/30/2004

Turbo Activation 04-4 sea trial | MSC OPCON 8/31/04
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 9/2/2004

Completed Turbo Activaion 04-4 | MARAD OPCON 09-03-04
Event: Downgraded
Date: 7/25/2006

Downgraded from the RRF to NDRF Retention in the Fleet
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/25/2006

Downgraded from the RRF to NDRF Retention in the Fleet
Event: Interim Movement
Date: 7/25/2006

Downgraded from the RRF to NDRF Retention in the Fleet
Event: Stripping Complete
Date: 7/31/2009

Vessel stripping complete.
Event: Withdrawal
Date: 7/29/2015

Vessel withdrawn from Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet; to be recycled by All Star Metals of Brownsville, Texas after hull cleaning.

Ship Imagery




Status Cards



Documents


Date Type Name Expand Download
12/11/2013 Meteor National Register Eligibility Assessment.pdf