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SS Wright (T-AVB 3)

- formerly SS YOUNG AMERICA, formerly SS MORMACSUN -


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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 Philadelphia, Pa., 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
Propellers: one
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
Aircraft: none
Armament: none
Crew: 9 civilian mariners in reduced operating status; 41 civilian mariners, one Aircraft Maintenance Detachment (362 men) in full operating status
Homeport: Philadelphia, Pa.


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Crew List:

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.


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The photo below was taken by me and shows the WRIGHT at her layberth at Baltimore, Md., on October 31, 2010.



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