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Delivered in 1970 as SS MORMACSUN, the ship entered civilian service for Moore-McCormack Lines and was later renamed SS YOUNG AMERICA. From December 14, 1984 - May 4, 1986, the ship underwent a conversion to an Aviation Maintenance Logistics Ship at Todd Shipyards, Galveston, Tx., and was renamed and placed in service as SS WRIGHT (T-AVB 3) on May 14, 1986. Subsequently, the WRIGHT was assigned to the Ready Reserve Force and - when activated - is tasked to provide support for US Marine Corps aircraft. The ship is presently held in reduced operation status at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., able to be fully activated within 5 days.
|General Characteristics:||Awarded: June 30, 1966|
|Keel laid: June 24, 1968|
|Launched: July 29, 1969|
|Delivered: February 2, 1970|
|In service as T-AVB 3: May 14, 1986|
|Builder: Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula, Miss.|
|Propulsion system: two boilers, two General Electric turnbines|
|Length: 602 feet (183.6 meters)|
|Beam: 90.2 feet (27.5 meters)|
|Draft: 30 feet (9.1 meters)|
|Displacement: approx. 23,800 tons full load|
|Speed: 19 knots|
|Crew: 9 civilian mariners in reduced operating status; 41 civilian mariners, one Aircraft Maintenance Detachment (362 men) in full operating status|
|Homeport: Norfolk, Va.|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS WRIGHT. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
SS WRIGHT Image Gallery:
The photo below was taken by me and shows the WRIGHT at her layberth at Baltimore, Md., on October 31, 2010.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the WRIGHT at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on December 26, 2021.