LASH ESPAÑA


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Year Built
1971
Official Number
530144
Ship Yard
Avondale Marine Ways
General Type
Dry Cargo
Specific Type
Barge Carrier
MARAD Type
C8-S-81b
Ship Length
820 feet
Beam
100 feet
Mast Height
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Net Tons
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Gross Tons
26406 tons
Cargo Capacity
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Draft, Summer
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Draft, Lightweight
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Displacement, Summer
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Displacement, Lightweight
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Immersion, Summer
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Immersion, Lightweight
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Fate
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Historical Narrative



Cape Fear is a Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) barge carrier, built for Prudential-Grace Lines in 1971 as Lash Espana.  The vessel was later operated by Farrell Lines as Austral Lightning

LASH vessels aredesigned to act as mother ships for fleets of barges, which were offloaded, and loaded in riverine ports. The LASH concept was well suited to military cargo transport, particularly in littoral and underdeveloped geographic areas.

The Maritime Administration purchased the Austral Lightning in May 1985 and renamed it Cape Fear.  As a part of the Ready Reserve Force, the vessel participated in cargo operations during Operation DESERT STORM. 

The vessel was downgraded to the National Defense Reserve Fleet in July 2006, where it is currently in emergency sealift status.

Vessel Name History

1971 - 1976: Lash España
1976 - 1993: Austral Lightning
1993 - present: Cape Fear
Mission
Mission Name
Operations Desert Shield/Storm/Sortie
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