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T-AFS 8 Sirius Combat Stores Ship  

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These ships formerly were Royal Navy replenishment ships [ex-British Lyness Class], acquired by the Navy because of the increased logistics demands necessitated by maintaining two carrier battle groups in the Indian Ocean during the Iranian hostage crisis. Built in England in 1965 and 1966, they were extensively modernized with improved communications and underway-replacement facilities. USNS Sirius (T-AFS 8) was transferred from the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary to MSC on Jan. 18, 1981; USNS Spica (T-AFS 9) on Nov. 5, 1981; and USNS Saturn (T-AFS 10) on Dec. 13, 1983. They are part of the Navy Combat Logistics Force, and conduct underway and vertical replenishment in support of operating forces by simultaneously providing refrigerated stores, dry provisions, technical and aviation spares, general stores, fleet freight, mail, personnel and other items from five stations and utilizing two H-46 helicopters assigned per ship.

 

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Displacement Light Displacement: 10205 tons
Full Displacement: 16680 tons
Dead Weight: 6475 tons
Length Overall Length: 523 ft
Waterline Length: 498 ft
Beam Extreme Beam: 72 ft
Waterline Beam: 72 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 26 ft
Draft Limit: 26 ft
Speed 18 knots
Power Plant One diesel, 11,520 brake horsepower
Aircraft Two UH -46 Sea Knight helicopters
Armament None
Complement 123 civilian, 47 Navy
Builder Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd., Wallsend-On-Tyne

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Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Sirius T-AFS 8 Swan Norfolk 04 Apr 1965 18 Jan 1981  
Spica T-AFS 9 Swan   01 Apr 1965 22 Nov 1981  
Saturn T-AFS 10 Swan Norfolk 01 Oct 1965 01 Dec 1983  
 
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