SS Cape Mendocino is a Sea Barge (SEABEE) carrier, originally built as SS Doctor Lykes by General Dynamics Shipyard for the Lykes Brothers Steamship Company in June 1972.
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Construction Force, or SeaBees,
primarily uses the SEABEE barges. The barges are loaded with cargo and
floated to and from a mother ship, which allows loading and unloading of
containerized cargo off-shore. SEABEE barge ships are equipped with a
stern cargo elevator for loading the barges from the water onto the
vessel; loaded barges can then be moved toward the vessel’s bow using an
internal track system. The barges are stowed on internal decks and are
not stacked. SEABEE barges are larger and heavier than their
counterpart, LASH barges.
The Maritime Administration purchasedDoctor Lykes on October 2, 1986 and placed it in the Ready Reserve Force (RRF), and renamed it Cape Mendocino.
As part of the RRF, Cape Mendocino participated in
activities supporting Operations DESERT SHIELD/DESERT STORM from
1990-1991. The ship made two trips between Dammam, Saudi Arabia and the
U.S. ports of Wilmington, North Carolina and Oakland, California,
respectively, to return cargo following military operations. After
discharging its retrograde cargo at the port of Oakland, Cape Mendocino
transported empty barges between New Orleans and Norfolk before the
Navy’s Military Sealift Command returned the vessel to MARAD control.
The vessel was downgraded to NDRF retention (emergency sealift) status on September 1, 2004, and has not been activated since that time. In October, 2011, Cape Mendocino was towed from the James River Reserve Fleet to the Beaumont Reserve Fleet, where it is now berthed.
|Operations Desert Shield/Storm/Sortie|
Ship Name Change
Ship DOCTOR LYKES changes name to CAPE MENDOCINO
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