USNS Comet

The former USNS Comet (T-AKR-7) is a vehicle landing ship originally built for the U.S. Navy. The lone ship of its class, it was built at Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company of Chester, Pennsylvania and was delivered in January 1958. The Comet is considered to be the first oceangoing “Roll On/Roll Off” vessel. The Comet operated as part of the common user fleet of the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS), later Military Sealift Command (MSC).




Launched July 31, 1957
Builder Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co
Length 499’
Beam 78’
Designed Operating Draft 22’
Displacement ( (Full Load) 16,489 LongTons
Gross Registered Tonnage 13,790
Propulsion Steam Turbines
Maximum Continuous
Shaft Horsepower
13,200
Normal Shaft Horsepower 12,000
Service Speed 18 Knots
Cruising Radius at 18 knots 13,000 Miles


Additional Information:

MARAD USNS Comet Page

HAER Survey CA348 (PDF)

Archive Index

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