SS Curtiss (T-AVB-4)
|Laid down:||1 April 1968|
|Launched:||1 December 1968|
|Commissioned:||1 July 1969|
|Renamed:||USNS Curtiss (T-AVB-4), 14 May 1986|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class and type:||Wright-class Aviation Logistics Support (Roll-on/Roll-off) Container Ship|
|Length:||602 ft (183 m)|
|Beam:||90 ft (27 m)|
|Draft:||30 ft (9.1 m)|
|Propulsion:||Geared steam turbine, single propeller|
|Speed:||18.7 knots (34.6 km/h; 21.5 mph)|
|Complement:||362 (37 merchant mariners and 1 Aircraft Maintenance Detachment)|
Originally laid down 1 April 1968 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi as SS Mormacksky, ON 521302, IMO 6901830, a Maritime Commission type (C5-S-78a) combination breakbulk, container, Ro-Ro vessel under Maritime Administration contract (MA 222) for Moore-McCormack Lines. Launched 1 December 1968, she was delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) on 25 July 1969 and entered service with Moore-McCormack. After working for that line for only a short time the ship was sold to American Export-Isbrandtsen Lines and renamed SS Great Republic on 19 October 1970. In 1978 she was sold again to Farrell Lines without name change. The ship was turned over to MARAD in 1981.
Converted and renamed USNS Curtiss (T-AVB-4) on 14 May 1986, she was assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force, (RRF), MSC PM-5 Sealift Program Office, Logistics Prepositioning Force. On 20 August 1990, Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16 deployed aboard the Curtiss. This was the first time a MALS deployed aboard a T-AVB. In 2001, the activation exercise of the Curtiss named Pacific Provider 21 was held. This exercise was planned and executed by MALS-16 and was the largest activation of the ship since the Gulf War.
SS Curtiss is outfitted with both a stern ramp and side ports. The roll-on/roll-off deck runs the complete length of the ship. When outfitted with mobile facilities, the ships can service aircraft while anchored offshore.Curtiss provides intermediate maintenance support for Marine Corps helicopters and fixed wing aircraft. It is maintained in reduced operating status (ROS), with a five-day reactivation requirement, at Pier 9, Naval Station San Diego.
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