SS Wright (T-AVB-3)

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SS Wright
Career
Name: SS Wright
Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc., Pascagoula, Mississippi
Laid down: 1 June 1968
Launched: 1 July 1969
Acquired: 1 February 1970
Renamed: SS Wright (T-AVB-3), 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 Wright (T-AVB-3) is one of two Aviation Logistics Support (Roll-on/Roll-off) Container Ships built for the United States Navy in 1968.

The lead ship of her class of two, she was originally laid down 1 June 1968 at Ingalls Shipbuilding, Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi as SS Mormacsun, a Maritime Commission type (C5-S-78) Ro-Ro vessel under Maritime Administration contract (MA 224) for Moore-McCormack Lines. Launched 1 July 1969, she was delivered to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) 1 February 1970 and subsequently renamed SS Young America (date unknown). Again renamed SS Wright (T-AVB-3) on 14 May 1986, the ship was assigned to MARAD Ready Reserve Force (RRF), MSC PM-5 Sealift Program Office, Logistics Prepositioning Force.

Wright provides support for Marine Corps helicopters and is maintained in reduced status ROS-5 (five day reactivation status) at Baltimore, Maryland.

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