Navy Christens ACS At Tampa Shipyards

The Department of the Navy has christened the auxiliary crane ship USNS Equality State (T-ACS 8) at Tampa Shipyards, Tampa, Fla.

Senator Malcolm Wallop, RWyo., was the principal speaker at the ceremony. Mrs. Malcolm Wallop, wife of the principal speaker, was the sponsor of the ship.

Equality State's mission will be to provide a mobile discharge facility for non-self-sustaining container ships in ports without operational container discharge capability. The ship is equipped with six cranes arranged in three pairs. Each crane is capable of lifting a 20 or 40-foot container; each pair can lift a M-60 battle tank; and four cranes working together can lift a 90-ton causeway.

Equality State is 668 feet in length, has a beam of 76 feet and displaces applicaapproximately 25,660 long tons. The ship will be operated by the Military Sealift Command. When not in operation, Equality State will be assigned to the Ready Reserve Force maintained by the Maritime Administration.

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