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SS Gopher State (T-ACS 4)

- formerly EXPORT LEADER -
- Ready Reserve Force -


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Built and delivered as cargo ship EXPORT LEADER for the Maritime Administration, the ship was converted to a crane ship in the mid-1980s by Norshipco in Norfolk, Va., and placed in service as GOPHER STATE on October 12, 1987. Today, the ship is berthed at Newport News, Va., capable of being fully activated within 10 days.

General Characteristics:Awarded: October 20, 1970
Keel laid: July 26, 1971
Launched: July 8, 1972
Delivered: January 22, 1973
Builder: Bath Iron Works, Bath, Maine
Propulsion system: two boilers, two turbines
Propellers: one
Length: 610 feet (186 meters)
Beam: 78.2 feet (23.83 meters)
Draft: 31.6 feet (9.63 meters)
Displacement: approx. 25,000 tons fully loaded
Speed: 20 knots
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Capacity: 710 TEU
Cranes: four 30-ton capacity cranes
Crew: 9 (in reduced operation status), 32 (when activated)
Homeport: Newport News, Va.


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS GOPHER STATE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.


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The photos below were taken by me and show the GOPHER STATE berthed alongside her two sisterships at Newport News, Va., on October 30, 2010.



The photos below were taken by me and show the GOPHER STATE berthed at Newport News, Va., on May 6, 2012.



The photos below were taken by Daniel Siewert and show the GOPHER STATE at Nordenham, Germany, on May 17, 2017. The ship arrived at Nordenham on May 16 and departed on May 18.



The photos below were taken by me and show the GOPHER STATE passing Bremerhaven, Germany, on her way to Nordenham on June 14, 2017. After a short stay at Nordenham in May (pictured above), the GOPHER STATE proceeded to Ashdod, Israel, and has now returned to Nordenham for a second visit.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the GOPHER STATE at her layberth at Newport News, Va., on October 5, 2017.



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