USNS Meteor (LSV-9) (Non retention)
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. The 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, the 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. It remains in the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet awaiting eventual disposition.