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Built in 1977, the ship was delivered to Ro-Ro Charterers Corp. as MV SEASPEED ARABIA. Later renamed SAUDI RIYADH, she was purchased by the Maritime Administration in August 1993 and was subsequently converted for military use at Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point Shipyard at Baltimore, Md. Renamed MV CAPE RISE (T-AKR 9678), she was assigned to the Ready Reserve Force on November 21, 1994. Since then, she is maintained in reduced operating status in a layberth at Portsmouth, Va. If required, she can be fully activated within 5 days.
|General Characteristics:||Built: 1977|
|Builder: Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., Japan|
|Purchased by MARAD: August 9, 1993|
|Conversion Shipyard: Bethlehem Steel, Baltimore, Md.|
|Propulsion system: two Diesel engines|
|Length: 648 feet (197.5 meters)|
|Beam: 105 feet (32 meters)|
|Draft: 32 feet (9.75 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 35,350 long tons full load|
|Speed: 16+ knots|
|Crew: 9 civilian mariners in ROS; 29 civilian mariners when activated|
|Homeport: Portsmouth, Va.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard MV CAPE RISE. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
MV CAPE RISE Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE RISE at her layberth at Portsmouth, Va., on October 27, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the CAPE RISE at her layberth at Portsmouth, Va., on May 6, 2012.