USNS Point Barrow (T-AKD-1)
USNS Point Barrow (T-AKD-1) underway,
date and place unknown.
|Namesake:||Point Barrow, Alaska|
|Builder:||Maryland Drydock and Shipbuilding Company|
|Yard number:||Maritime Administration contract hull number 43|
|Laid down:||18 September 1956|
|Launched:||25 May 1957|
|Decommissioned:||28 November 1991|
|Renamed:||USS Point Loma (AGDS-2) circa 1974|
|Reclassified:||Deep Submergence Support Ship cira 1974|
|Struck:||28 September 1993|
|Fate:||Scrapping completed by Marine Metal Inc, Brownsville, TX. on 27 October 2006|
|Class and type:||Cargo ship dock|
|Displacement:||10,320 tons (full)|
|Length:||456 ft 6 in|
|Beam:||74 ft 2 in|
|Draft:||19 ft 4 in|
Point Barrow was laid down 18 September 1956 by Maryland Drydock and Shipbuilding Company of Baltimore, Maryland; launched 25 May 1957; sponsored by Mrs. Ruthven E. Libbey; and delivered to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) 28 May 1958, where she was placed in service the following day. Especially designed for Arctic operations, Point Barrow was constructed along the general lines of a landing ship dock, but with strengthened hull and bow, and special insulation. After providing logistic support for U.S. forces in the Arctic, in 1962, Point Barrow transported huge fixed array radar antennas for the USS Enterprise and USS Long Beach to the East Coast.
After extensive modification in June, 1965 Point Barrow carried Saturn rockets from California to Cape Kennedy for NASA’s manned space flight program. T–AKD–1 also ferried LCMs to Southeast Asia in 1968 and 1969. Reclassified a "Deep Submergence Support Ship" and renamed USS Point Loma (AGDS-2) circa 1974, she was ultimately placed out of service and struck from the Naval Vessel Register 28 September 1993. Custody was transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet at Suisun Bay in Benecia, California. Point Loma was scrapped by Marine Metal Inc. of Brownsville, Texas on 27 October 2006.
- "T-AKD-1 Point Barrow /AGDS-2 Point Loma". Service Ship Photo Archive. Retrieved March 6, 2007.
- "VIBRATION MEASUREMENTS ON PORT PROPULSION SYSTEM OF USNS POINT BARROW (T-AKD 1)". Retrieved November 18, 2008.
- "To Boldly Go Where No Fleet Had Gone Before (Military Sea Transportation Service in the Arctic)" by Salvatore R. Mercogliano