MV Cape Victory (T-AKR-9701)
MV Cape Victory (T-AKR-9701) was built in 1984 as MV Marzario Britainna by Cant Nav. Italiani. After launching, it was delivered to CMB T. Italy for commercial operation. She was acquired. 2 April 1993, by the US Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration and renamed MV Cape Victory on 2 April 1994 and assigned to the Maritime Administration's Ready Reserve Force, 19 August 1994. When activated Cape Victory is one of the Maritime Administration's 31 Roll-on/Roll-off Reserve Force Ships assigned to the US Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) Sealift Program Office. Cape Victory is nested at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX. in ROS-5 status, with a 10 man maintenance crew on board.
MV CAPE VICTORY: History
Upon the conclusion of its reflagging, CAPE VICTORY entered the RRF in Reduced Operating Status – 4 (ROS-4) on September 2, 1994. The vessel is required to be ready for tender to COMSC within 96 hours of an activation notice. The ten (10) person ROS crew performs continuous maintenance in order to maintain the vessel in class with the American Bureau of Shipping and fully certificated by the USCG As an ROS-4 vessel, CAPE VICTORY conducts an annual maintenance activation. This at-sea operational period enhances the material condition of her plant. Cape Victory is currently in ROS-5 status.
CARGO CAPABILITY From June through November 1998, CAPE VICTORY and her sister vessel, CAPE VINCENT were modified by the addition of a new Spar Deck. This increased the overall militarily useful sq. ft capacity of each vessel The two CAPE V class ships function the same in their ability to load wheeled and tracked vehicles via the stern ramp. MV CAPE VICTORY’s most notable feature is its total deck capacity consisting of 133,621 sq. ft of which 103,181 is militarily useful. MV CAPE VICTORY has 103,181 sq. ft of heavy deck strength (over 525psf with 13 f. clearances) and 30,440 sq.ft of light deck. In addition CAPE VICTORY has 100, 450 volt reefer outlets.
OPERATIONS Within seven days of entering the RRF, on September 9, 1994, the MV CAPE VICTORY loaded cargo at Wilmington, NC and departed for Port-au-Prince, Haiti via Guantanamo, Cuba. MV CAPE VICTORY supported Operation UPHOLD DEMOCRACY, a peace keeping mission, for 94 days before returning to Beaumont, TX. Following her return from UPHOLD DEMOCRACY she returned to her layberth. MV CAPE VICTORY was activated on December 4, 1998, for a test of her readiness mission. The vessel was fully operational when her sail orders were changed and she supported the humanitarian relief effort to Central America in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Mitch. CAPE VICTORY transported construction equipment and relief supplies for 23 days, returning to her layberth.
The CAPE VICTORY was activated on Jan. 17, 2003 for Operation Iraqi Freedom and loaded cargo from the 4th Infantry Division at the Port of Beaumont. The ship spent a total of 110 days in Full Operating Service (FOS) discharging cargo in Kuwait and returning to Beaumont on May 9, 2003. Cape Victory was active moving military equipment to Kuwait and back until the latter part of 2005. In 2005 Cape Victory provided relieve to victims of Hurricane Rita in Beaumont, Texas. Cape Victory is currently located in the Beaumont Reserve Fleet in Reduced Operating Status with a crew of 10. Keystone Shipping Company is the Ship Manager.
- MV Cape Victory (T-AKR-9701)
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.