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USNS Comet (T-AK-269)
USNS Comet (T-AK-269) underway, date and place unknown.
Career (United States)
Name: USNS Comet (T-AK-269)
USNS Comet (T-LSV-7)
USNS Comet (T-AKR-7)
Launched: 31 July 1957
Status: in active service, as of 2010
General characteristics
Displacement: 8,175 long tons (8,306 t) light
18,286 long tons (18,579 t) full
Length: 467 ft (142 m)
Beam: 78 ft (24 m)
Draft: 27 ft (8.2 m)
Propulsion: Two steam turbines, twin shafts

The USNS Comet (T-AK-269) is a vehicle landing ship built for the United States Navy. The lone ship of her class, she is named for the comet (a luminous astronomical body, commonly with a long nebulous tail, and following a fixed orbit around the sun), and is the fourth U.S. Naval vessel to bear the name.

Comet was laid down 31 July 1957 under Maritime Administration contract (MA hull 42) at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania; launched 31 July 1957; delivered to the Navy 27 January 1958; and placed in service under control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as cargo ship USNS Comet (T-AK-269). Redesignated vehicle landing ship T-LSV-7 on 1 January 1963; further redesignated vehicle cargo ship / roll-on/roll-off ship AKR-7 (date unknown). Transferred to MARAD, laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, California as a member of the MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF). Removed from MSC control, withdrawn from the RRF by reassignment to the National Defense Reserve Fleet 28 July 2006.


This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.



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