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TAK 5089 Ltc. Calvin P. Titus

TAK 5089 Ltc. Calvin P. Titus and TAK 5091 SP5 Eric G. Gibson are container ships, owned and operated by Maersk Lines. They are used to carry sustainment cargo including MREs, lubricants, medical supplies, repair parts and chemical defense equipment. These ships combine the capabilities of RO/RO container and break-bulk ships. They have the container capacity of 1,526 20-foot-equivalent units (TEUs) and 40,000 square feet of RO/RO space. The strength of the garage deck, the clear-deck heights, and the immense stern ramp allow for the transport of heavy armored vehicles, including M1A1 tanks. The Gibson is prepositioned in Guam, and Titus is prepositioned in Saipan.

In June 1999, MV Lt. Col. Calvin P. Titus, owned and operated under charter to MSC by Maersk Lines, was replaced by a ship owned and operated under charter to MSC by Titus Shipholding Corporation. The new vessel was renamed MV Lt. Col. Calvin P. Titus. Similarly, MV SP5 Eric G. Gibson, owned and operated under charter to MSC by Maersk Lines, was replaced by the Gibson Shipholding Corporationís MV SP5 Eric G. Gibson in July 1999. These two container ships, carrying Army sustainment stocks, are on station in Guam/Saipan. MV LTC Calvin P. Titus and MV SP5 Eric G. Gibson were completed in 1985 by Odense Steel Shipyard. The new and old Gibsons exchanged their cargo in Korea, a first for the Prepositioning Program.

Specifications

Pre-1999Post-1999
Builder Odense Steel Shipyard, Odense, Denmark
Power Plant1 diesel, 1 shaft, 31,800 bhp 23,030 SHP Sulzer, Model 7RTA76; 1 shaft
Length 784 feet 652 feet, 3 inches
Beam 100 feet 105 feet, 7 inches
Draft 38 feet 36 feet
Displacement 50,000 tons48,012 long tons
Capacity
Speed 21 knots18.5 knots
Crew 25 civilians
Aircraftnonenone

Ships

Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Ltc. Calvin P. Titus T-AK 5089 Saipan1995Jun 1999
SP5 Eric G. Gibson T-AK 5091 Guam1995Jul 1999
Ltc. Calvin P. Titus T-AK 5089 OdenseSaipanJun 1999
SP5 Eric G. Gibson T-AK 5091 OdenseGuamJul 1999

Pre-1999

Post-1999

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