U.S.S. SAMUEL B. ROBERTS
FROM: Dubai, U.A.E.
CLIENT: American Sealift Command, Washington, U.S.A.
TO: Newport, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
PROJECT SUMMARY: Special recesses had been made in the deck of Mighty Servant 2 for accommodating the frigate’s protruding sonar dome and stabilizing fins. Due to tolerances of a mere few centimetres the loading operation took approx. 12 hours. Underwater, the positioning of the minestricken frigate Samual B. Roberts was carefully controlled by divers and by a video monitoring system. During the voyage Mighty Servant 2 served as a sailing dry dock as the frigate’s crew remained on board and conducted maintenance work.
TRANSPORTATION PERIOD: July 1988
VESSEL: Mighty Servant 2
CARGO PARTICULARS: Type frigate Weight 4,000 tons Length o.a. 125 metres Width 14.3 metres
LOAD-OUT OPERATION: Loading float-on Discharging float-off
TRANSIT TIME: 8,100 miles: 30 days [from http://www.dockwise.be/]