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.
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.
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
Completed by Lockheed Shipbuilding
Ship Name Change
Ship SEA LIFT changes name to METEOR
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