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Antares

 

A star in the constellation Scorpio

 

III

 

(AKR-294: dp. 26,094; 1. 947'; b. 105'; dr. 37'; s. 33.0 k.; cpl. 44; cl. Algol; T. SL-7)

 

The third Antares—a fast sealift ship—was built in Bremen, West Germany, by A. G. Weser as the SL-7 containership Sea-Land Galloway, and first entered merchant service in September 1972. Given the name Antares and the classification AK-294 on 15 October 1981, the ship was acquired by the Navy to serve the needs of the Rapid Deployment Force (later the Afloat Prepositioning Force) on 16 April 1982. Converted for service by the Avondale Shipyard, Westwego, La., the ship was reclassified AKR-294 on 10 September 1982. She completed her conversion on 12 July 1984