flickertail state

SS Flickertail State (T-ACS-5)

Ordered: 30 November 1965
Laid down: 14 February 1967
Launched: 11 May 1968
In Service: 9 February 1988
General characteristics
Displacement: 31,500 long tons
Length: 668 ft 7 in
Beam: 76 ft 1 in
Draught: 33 ft 6 in
Propulsion: Single propeller
Speed: 17 knots
Complement: 9 civilian during Reduced Operating Status
32 civilian during Full Operating Status
Time to Activate: 5 days
Armament: None
Aircraft: None
SS Flickertail State (T-ACS-5) is a crane ship in ready reserve for the United States Navy. She is stationed at Newport News, Virginia and is in ready reserve under the Military Sealift Command. The ship was named for the state of North Dakota, which is also known as the Flickertail State.

The ship was built by the Bath Iron Works. Her keel was laid on February 14, 1967, launched on May 11, 1968, and delivered 21 February 1969 as CV Lightning (MA-206).

Lightning was acquired by the Navy from the Maritime Administration in 1986 and was converted throughout 1987. She re-entered service as Flickertail State on 9 February 1988, and has been in ready reserve since 1993.

External links

Military Sealift Command page on Flickertail State
Entry in the Naval Register

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