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Auxilliary Heavy-lift Ships T-AKR

Two auxiliary heavy-lift ships are U.S. Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force ships that can be quickly activated to support military sea transportation needs. These ships are dedicated to carrying barges and construction equipment for SeaBee units. When activated, they come under operational control of Military Sealift Command.
The heavy-lift ships are capable of lifting loaded barges to the cargo decks for transport as needed.
The heavy-lift ships use steam turbine propulsion systems. They are maintained in reduced operating status on the U.S. East and West Coasts. Crews are provided by commercial companies under contract to MARAD.
Last Update: 11 January 2019