SS Curtiss (T-AVB-4)

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SS Curtiss
Career
Name: SS Curtiss
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding
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, as of 2020
General characteristics
Class and type: Wright-class Aviation Logistics Support (Roll-on/Roll-off) Container Ship
Displacement: 8,106 long tons (8,236 t) light
23,800 long tons (24,182 t) full
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)

SS Curtiss (T-AVB-4) is one of two Wright-class Aviation Logistics Support (Roll-on/Roll-off) Container Ships built for the United States Navy in 1968.

Originally laid down 1 April 1968 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi as SS Great Republic under Maritime Administration contract (MA 222), the ship was launched 1 December 1968 and delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) on 1 July 1969. 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.

Curtiss provides support for Marine Corps helicopters and is maintained in reduced status ROS-5 (five day reactivation status) at Port Hueneme, California.

currently USNS Curtiss is at Pier 9 Naval Station San Diego.

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