USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296)

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History
United States
Name: USNS Gordon
Namesake: Gary Gordon
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Builder: Burmeister & Wain Shipyard Denmark
Launched: 1972
Completed: 1 June 1973
Commissioned: 23 August 1996
Renamed: Built as MV Jutlandia in 1972
Identification:
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Gordon-class roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship
Displacement: 32,589 t.(lt) 65,000 t.(fl)
Length: 954 ft (291 m)
Beam: 105 ft 9 in (32.23 m)
Draft: 36 ft (11 m)
Propulsion:
  • 1 × Burmeister & Wain 12K84EF diesel
  • 26,000 hp(m) (19.11 MW)
  • 2 × Burmeister & Wain 9K84EF diesels, 39,000 hp(m) (28.66 MW)
  • 3 shafts (center cp prop) bow thruster
Speed: 24 knots (44 km/h)
Capacity:
  • 284,064 sq ft (26,390.4 m2)
  • 49,991 sq ft (4,644.3 m2) deck cargo
Complement:
  • 12 reduced / up to 45 full, civilian mariners
  • 50 US Navy personnel

USNS Gordon (T-AKR-296) is a Gordon-class roll on roll off vehicle cargo ship of the United States Navy. She was originally built as a merchant vessel but later acquired and converted by the Navy, and assigned to the United States Department of Defense's Military Sealift Command.[1] Gordon was built in Denmark in 1972 as MV Jutlandia, and entered commercial service on 1 June 1973. After some time spent in commercial service she was lengthened by Hyundai Heavy Industries in 1984, and later went on to be acquired by the US Navy under a long term charter. She was converted to a US Navy Vehicle Roll-on/Roll-off Ship at Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company and on delivery to the Navy was assigned to the Military Sealift Command on 23 August 1996 under the name USNS Gordon, after Medal of Honor recipient Master Sergeant Gary Gordon. Gordon is one of 28 Strategic Sealift Ships operated by the Military Sealift Command. She is assigned to the MSC Atlantic surge force and is maintained at Canton, Baltimore, Maryland in Reduced Operational Status 4, meaning she can be on her way to pick up cargo within 4 days of notification.

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