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SS Curtiss (T-AVB 4)

- formerly SS GREAT REPUBLIC, formerly SS MORMACSKY -


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Delivered in 1969 as SS MORMACSKY, the ship entered civilian service for Moore-McCormack Lines and was later renamed SS GREAT REPUBLIC. From December 17, 1985 - July 3, 1987, 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 CURTISS (T-AVB 4) on August 18, 1987. Subsequently, the CURTISS 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 San Diego, Calif., able to be fully activated within 5 days.

General Characteristics:Awarded: June 30, 1966
Keel laid: April 16, 1968
Launched: December 28, 1968
Delivered: July 21, 1969
In service as T-AVB 4: August 18, 1987
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: San Diego, Calif.


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Crew List:

This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard SS CURTISS. 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 Michael Jenning and show the CURTISS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 27, 2014.



The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the CURTISS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on October 2, 2015.



The photos below were taken by Sebastian Thoma and show the CURTISS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on December 20, 2016.



The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and show the CURTISS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 2, 2019.



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