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Ship Name and Designation History

This section lists the names and designations that the ship had during its lifetime. The list is in chronological order.

    Algol Class Fast Sealift Ship (Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship)
    Keel Laid 1 November 1971 as SS Sea-Land Exchange
    Launched 1 September 1972
    Delivered to Sea-Land Steamship Co., 1 May 1973
    Acquired by the US Navy in October 1981
    Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)

  1. USNS ALGOL T-AK-287
    Placed in Service (Date Unknown)

    Redesignated Roll-on/Roll-off Vehicle Cargo Ship (T-AKR) September 1982

  3. USS ALGOL AKR-287
    Returned to MARAD custody, 1 October 2007, and berthed at Alameda, CA. in 5-day RRF status (ROS-5)

Naval Covers

This section lists active links to the pages displaying covers associated with the ship. There should be a separate set of pages for each name of the ship (for example, Bushnell AG-32 / Sumner AGS-5 are different names for the same ship so there should be one set of pages for Bushnell and one set for Sumner). Covers should be presented in chronological order (or as best as can be determined).

Since a ship may have many covers, they may be split among many pages so it doesn't take forever for the pages to load. Each page link should be accompanied by a date range for covers on that page.

  1. USS Algol AKR-287 Covers Page 1     (DATE RANGE)



This section lists examples of the postmarks used by the ship. There should be a separate set of postmarks for each name and/or commissioning period. Within each set, the postmarks should be listed in order of their classification type. If more than one postmark has the same classification, then they should be further sorted by date of earliest known usage.

A postmark should not be included unless accompanied by a close-up image and/or an image of a cover showing that postmark. Date ranges MUST be based ONLY ON COVERS IN THE MUSEUM and are expected to change as more covers are added.
>>> If you have a better example for any of the postmarks, please feel free to replace the existing example.


Postmark Type
Killer Bar Text

Thumbnail Link
Postmark Image
Thumbnail Link
Cover Image


Army Postal Service

APO 09069
Bremerhaven, Germany


AS T-AKR-87. The ship had no postal facilities.


Other Information

USNS ALGOL has earned the National Defense Service Medal, the Southwest Asia Service Medal and the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait) as of 2016.

NAMESAKE - A fixed star in the constellation Perseus. It varies periodically in brightness because of eclipses by a satellite.

Two ships of the US Navy have borne the name ALGOL - USS Algol AKA-54 and USS Algol AKR-287.



If you have images or information to add to this page, then either contact the Curator or edit this page yourself and add it. See Editing Ship Pages for detailed information on editing this page.


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