Sea History 046 - Winter 1987-1988

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USNS Sirius (T-AFS 8) . Another IOMM&P Vessel.

This Is MM&P Country The USNS Sirius (T-AFS8) one of the Military Sealift Command support fleet returning from Mediterranean Duty commanded by MM&P member Captain Edwin Rudder and manned by MM&P Deck Officers, is one of the original UNREP vessels under the MSC Atlantic Command. Formerly the RNA Lyness of the British Royal Navy Auxiliary, the Siri us is 524 feet in length powered by 8-cylinder direct drive Sulzer diesels and cruises at 16 knots. She has UNREP Stations. When operating with the fleet she transfers supplies and spare parts from a 17,000 Navy line item inventory. The Sirius is computerized for the supplies operation. She also carries two Boeing Vertal H-46D helicopters for vertical replenishment operations. ROBERT J. LOWEN


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