USNS Algol, a 43,000-ton vehicle cargo ship, was built at Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in 1973 as the merchant vessel Sea-Land Exchange. One of a group of eight very fast container ships with significant defense logistics potential, she was acquired by the Navy in October 1981 and named Algol. Originally designated as T-AK-287, she was redesignated T-AKR-287 in September 1982. In June 1984, Algol completed extensive conversion work to fit her as a "roll-on/roll-off" vehicle transport. Since then, she has supported U.S. logistics needs on an "on-call" basis. Along with her sister ships, Algol was extensively employed carrying combat vehicles and other cargo to the Persian Gulf area during the 1990-91 Desert Shield/Desert Storm operations.
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Photo #: NH 96657
USNS Algol (T-AKR-287)
Underway at sea, 1984, probably while running her post-conversion trials.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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16 May 1999