Callaghan transport underway.jpg
History
United States
Namesake: Admiral William M. Callaghan
Owner: American Export Isbrandtsen Lines
Builder: Sun Shipbuilding and Drydock Co., Chester, Pennsylvania
Laid down: 1966
Launched: 1967
Renamed: GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan
Identification:
Notes: The ship is capable of being fully activated within 5 days
General characteristics
Class and type: Roll-on/Roll-off Ship
Displacement: 26,537 long tons (26,963 t)
Length: 694 ft 3 in (211.61 m)
Beam: 92 ft (28 m)
Draft: 29 ft (8.8 m)
Propulsion: 2 × LM2500 gas turbines, two props
Speed: 21.3 knots (39.4 km/h; 24.5 mph)
Range: not disclosed
Capacity: up to 750 vehicles and cargo
Complement: When active 25, when in reserve 9

GTS Admiral W. M. Callaghan was first constructed to be used in an industrial capacity but later optioned by Military Sealift Command to be used in logistical work throughout the fleet to deal with the changing needs of the military. The ship was delivered in 1967 and was used for transport responsibilities during the Vietnam War. It has been used in a variety of different services in its history since it was initially launched, including the War on Terror in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The ship was named after Admiral William M. Callaghan who captained the battleship USS Missouri and later became vital in overseeing the development of the modern US system of ready reserve ships.

In August 1969, Admiral W. M. Callaghan transported the first battalion of the Pershing 1a Field Artillery Missile System from Port Canaveral to West Germany.[1]

Carrying a battalion of Pershing missiles in August 1969

References

  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
  1. ^ Hull, Larry (1973). Pershing: A Decade of Service (PDF). The Martin Company. OR 10.596B.

External links

  • Ship's official page on Military Sealift Command
  • Ship photo index) NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
  • Navysite.de page for the ship
  • Photo of the ship