SS Cape Intrepid (T-AKR-11)

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SS Cape Island, Cape Intrepid's sister ship, sailing into harbor
United States
NameSS Arizona
OwnerUnited States Maritime Administration
BuilderBath Iron Works, Bath, ME.
Laid down27 January 1975
Launched1 November 1976
Acquired8 June 1976, to States Lines, and renamed the USNS Jupiter
RenamedSS Cape Island, 22 November 1993 and assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force
Honors and
National Defense Service Medal
Statuslaid up as part of the National Defense Reserve Fleet in a layberth at Tacoma, WA. in ROS-5 status
General characteristics
Class and typeRoll-on/Roll-off Ship
Displacement15,000 tons, 33,900 tons full
Propulsiontwo steam turbines, two propellers
Speed18.7 Knots
RangeNot Disclosed
ComplementFull Operational Status 31, Reduced Operational Status 9
Time to activate5 days

SS Cape Intrepid was originally laid down in 1975 as SS Arizona a Type C7 ship intended for both commercial or military use. The ship was launched in 1975 and turned over to the Maritime Administration for commercial use and acquired by the Lykes Brothers and named the SS Lipscomb Lykes. On June 8th 1976 she was removed from commercial duty and reacquired by the United States Navy and renamed USNS Jupiter to serve alongside USNS Mercury. On 8 June 1976 she was transferred to Military Sealift Command, and renamed the SS Cape Intrepid. Since then the ship has been active in transport roles including a long term attachment to the 833rd transport regiment. She is currently in reserve status and can be activated if called upon in 5 days as part of the ready reserve fleet. The ship is currently moored in Tacoma, Washington.