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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|
|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: San Diego, Calif.|
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.
SS CURTISS Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the CURTISS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif. The first two photos were taken on March 10, 2008, while the last two photos were taken two years later on March 24, 2010.
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.