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USNS Gilliland (T-AKR 298)

- formerly SS SELANDIA -
- Military Sealift Command -

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Built as commercial container ship SELANDIA in Denmark in 1972, the ship was later lengthened by Hyundai and in the early 1990s, the Navy purchased the SELANDIA. The ship subsequently underwent conversion to a large, medium-speed, roll-on/roll-off ship (LMSR) at Newport News and was delivered to the Military Sealift Command in 1997 where the ship entered service as USNS GILLILAND becoming the first ship in the Navy named after US Army Corporal Charles L. Gilliland.

General Characteristics:Delivered: June 1, 1972
Builder: Burmeister & Wain, Denmark
Purchased by the Navy: 1990s
Conversion yard: Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, Newport News, VA
Delivered: 1997
Propulsion system: 1 Burmeister & Wain 12K84EF diesel; 26,000 hp(m) (19.11 MW); 2 Burmeister & Wain 9K84EF diesels, 39,000 hp(m) (28.66 MW); 3 shafts (center cp prop) bow thruster
Propellers: three
Length: 954.7 feet (291 meters)
Beam: 106 feet (32.3 meters)
Draft: 35.75 feet (10.9 meters)
Displacement: approx. 55,450 tons full load
Speed: 24 knots
Aircraft: helicopter landing area only
Armament: none
Capacity: 284,064 sq. ft. plus 49,991 sq. ft. deck cargo
Crew: 26 civilian crew (up to 45); up to 50 active duty
Homeport: Atlantic

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Crew List:

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

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Accidents aboard USNS GILLILAND:

June 1996Newport News Shipbuilding, Va.
USS DEYO (DD 989) is hit by USNS GILLILAND. GILLILAND was under conversion and broke loose in 40mph winds from a Newport News Shipbuilding Pier. No information about the damage aboard DEYO.

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About the Ship's Name:

USNS GILLILAND is named in honor of US Army Corporal Charles L. Gilliland of Mountain Home, Ark., who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions near Tongmang-ni, Korea, on April 25, 1951.


Cpl. Gilliland, a member of Company I, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and outstanding courage above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. A numerically superior hostile force launched a coordinated assault against his company perimeter, the brunt of which was directed up a defile covered by his automatic rifle. His assistant was killed by enemy fire but Cpl. Gilliland, facing the full force of the assault, poured a steady fire into the foe which stemmed the onslaught. When 2 enemy soldiers escaped his raking fire and infiltrated the sector, he leaped from his foxhole, overtook and killed them both with his pistol. Sustaining a serious head wound in this daring exploit, he refused medical attention and returned to his emplacement to continue his defense of the vital defile. His unit was ordered back to new defensive positions but Cpl. Gilliland volunteered to remain to cover the withdrawal and hold the enemy at bay. His heroic actions and indomitable devotion to duty prevented the enemy from completely overrunning his company positions. Cpl. Gilliland's incredible valor and supreme sacrifice reflect lasting glory upon himself and are in keeping with the honored traditions of the military service.

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