SS Gopher State (T-ACS-4)

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SS Gopher State (T-ACS-4)
Career (United States)
Name: SS Export Leader (MA 257)
Owner: United States Maritime Administration
Operator: American Export Isbrandtsen Line
Ordered: 20 October 1970
Builder: Bath Iron Works
Laid down: 26 July 1971
Launched: 8 July 1972
In service: 22 January 1973 to 1986
Homeport: Newport News, VA
Fate: Acquired by the United States Navy
Career (United States)
Name: SS Gopher State (T-ACS-4)
Namesake: Named in honor of the state of Minnesota.
Acquired: 1986
In service: 12 October 1987 to the present
Notes: Five days needed to activate.
General characteristics
Class & type: Gopher State-class crane ship
  • 13900 tons (light)
  • 31500 tons (full)
Length: 668 ft 7 in
Beam: 76 ft 1 in
Draft: 33 ft 6 in
  • Steam turbines
  • 2 boilers
  • 1 shaft single propeller
  • 17,500 shp
Speed: 17 knots
  • 300 plus containers
  • four 30 ton capacity cranes

The SS Gopher State (T-ACS-4) was laid down on 26 July 1971, at Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME. as SS Export Leader, a Maritime Administration type (C5-S-73b) hull under Maritime Administration contract (MA 257). She was launched on 8 July 1972 and delivered to the Maritime Administration, 22 January 1973. She was assigned by the Maritime Administration to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on 7 November 1980 and assigned to the Atlantic Fleet, based out of Charleston, SC. SS Gopher State is berthed at Newport News VA. and is maintained in a 5-day readiness status (ROS-5)

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