USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8)
|Name:||RFA Lyness (A339)|
|Builder:||Swan, Hunter and Wingham|
|Laid down:||1 April 1965|
|Launched:||1 April 1966|
|Fate:||Purchased by US, 1 January 1981|
|Name:||USNS Sirius (T-AFS-8)|
|Acquired:||1 January 1981|
|In service:||18 January 1981|
|Out of service:||1 July 2005|
|Struck:||1 July 2005|
|Name:||TS Texas Clipper III|
|Displacement:||16,680 t. (full load)
10,205 t. (light)
|Length:||523 ft (159 m) (overall)|
|Beam:||72 ft (22 m)|
|Draft:||26 ft (7.9 m)|
|Propulsion:||one diesel engine,
11,520 brake horsepower (8.6 MW),
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h)|
|Complement:||123 Civilian, 30-47 Navy (USN service)|
|Raytheon SHF navigation radar|
|Armament:||8 pintle mounts, variable numbers of .50 BMG or 7.62x51mm machine guns (USN service)|
|Aircraft carried:||Two CH-46 Sea Knight, MH-60 Seahawk or Aerospatiale Super Puma helicopters (USN service)|
Sirius was built by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson for the Royal Navy. Laid down in 1965, she was launched in 1966 from Wallsend as RFA Lyness (A339). She was transferred from the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary to the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command in 1981.
Sirius was deactivated and struck from the Naval Vessel Register in 2005 and given to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD), then assigned to Texas Maritime Academy under an agreement that it can be activated by MARAD at any time. During the fall of 2005, the Sirius served in New Orleans for Katrina relief, from September 10 until November 29 and at Lake Charles, LA for Rita relief until March 2. Because of its extended relief effort the Sirius was unable to undergo a refit in 2006 to adapt its new role as a training vessel and comply with U.S. Coast Guard safety standards. Because the Sirius had not undergone a refit, it could not be formally commissioned as the USTS Texas Clipper III nor could it be used for summer training cruises. In the winter of 2009 the US Coast Guard ruled that the Sirius was unfit for training and was prepared for decommissioning while the school looked for a new training ship. On June 25, 2009, the Sirius was returned to the U.S. Maritime Administration.
- T.J. Tropea, RM1 (Ret) (19 January 2007). "T-AFS-8 Sirius: History". Navsource.org. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- Gary P. Priolo (28 September 2007). "T-AFS-8 Sirius". Navsource.org. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
- "SIRIUS (AFS 8)". Naval Vessel Register. United States Navy. Retrieved 2008-01-13.
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