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Photographer:Steven Collingwood [View profile]Title:Del Monte TAK5049Added:Apr 24, 2019
Captured:April 18, 2019IMO:6804240Hits:296
Location:Hampton Roads, United States
Photo Category: Auxiliaries
US Maritime Administration owned cargo ship being pushed "dead stick" by MORAN tugs west into the Hampton Roads from the Chesapeake Bay/Little Creek area.
She was built in 1968 in Pascagoula MI as the DELTA BRAZIL. She has a capacity of approx. 11000 tons of dry cargo, 25000 square feet of refrigerated cargo, and 12000 barrels of liquid cargo at a maximum speed of 18.5 knots and approx. crew of 25.
Retired by Delta Lines in 1984 she was renamed the DEL MONTE and was maintained as part of the Ready Reserve Fleet that could be activated when needed for sealift needs.
Now retired from the RRF force, she is considered "LAID UP" by MARAD and has been used lately as a training tool for different US Military Forces in opposed ship boarding drills.
Taken from the new fishing pier at Fort Monroe Hampton VA.
Vessel Identification
Name:Del Monte
Pennant no.:TAK5049
Technical Data
Vessel type:General Cargo
Gross tonnage:10,669 tons
Summer DWT:13,248 tons

Additional Information
Status:Laid Up
Class society:American Bureau Of Shipping
Build year:1968
AIS Information
AIS information: N/A
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Steven Collingwood on Jun 20, 2019 15:00 (1 month ago)
IDK why it is being moved, I suspect it is for maintenance as there not any facilities for ship maintenance at Little Creek where she is normally laid up.
I don't think she is part of the normal RRF program anymore but it used for training by SEALs and other US Military forces on opposed ship boarding's and hostage situations and the like. I suspect the new structures are to simulate things that might be found on ships to enhance training scenarios.
William C. Daugherty on Jun 19, 2019 05:33 (1 month ago)
1. Any idea why it was being moved? Was the apparently new crane part of why? Also, why did they heavily modify the wheelhouse? It looks much, much worse.
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