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Auxiliary Crane Ships - T-ACS

The six auxiliary crane ships are U.S. Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force ships that can be quickly activated to support military sea transportation needs. These self-sustaining ships are useful in ports that have limited, damaged or undeveloped port facilities. When activated, they come under operational control of Military Sealift Command.
The auxiliary crane ships are converted container ships with three twin boom pedestal cranes which can lift containers or other cargo from themselves or adjacent vessels and deposit the cargo on a pier or lighterage.
The ten Keystone State Class ships are conversion crane ships the first of which was completed in 1984 and the last of which was completed in 1997. Five of the ships were deployed to the Persian Gulf in 1990-91. USNS Gopher State acted as a temporary Army prepositioning ship in 1994. Four of the ten ships have been deactivated and transferred to the reserve fleet.
Point Of Contact
Office of Public Affairs
Military Sealift Command
Washington, DC 20398-5540
(202) 685-5055
General Characteristics, Keystone State Class
Builder: Defoe SB Co, Bay City; Dillingham SR, Portland; Norshipco, Norfolk; Tampa SY; Keith Ship Repair, New Orleans
Propulsion: 2 boilers; 2 GE turbines; 19,250 hp; 1 shaft.
Length: 668.6 feet.
Beam: 76.1 feet.
Displacement: 31,500 tons(32,005.52 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 20 knots.
Crew: 89 civilians.
Load: 300+ standard containers.
USNS Keystone State (T-ACS 1), No homeport - formerly the SS President Harrison
USNS Gem State (T-ACS 2), No homeport - formerly the SS President Monroe
USNS Grand Canyon State (T-ACS 3), No homeport - formerly the SS President Polk
USNS Gopher State (T-ACS 4), No homeport - formerly the Export Leader
USNS Flickertail State (T-ACS 5), No homeport - formerly the Export Lightening
USNS Cornhusker State (T-ACS 6), No homeport - formerly the Staghound
Last Update: 22 August 2007