On Saturday, the large ship SS Antares left the dock of the North Locust Point naval terminal for USTRANSCOM’s turbo-activation exercise. On Monday, Cape Washington, which berths at Port Covington, embarked on the same military exercise without notice. USNS Gordon, which berths in the Canton Industrial Area, also recently left to take part in the exercise.

From the US transport command:

The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) recently conducted a no-announcement exercise for the Military Sealift Command and the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration ships, which included the SS Antares. Known as Turbo Activation, the exercise verifies the readiness of selected ships and tests their ability to meet activation time standards and Department of Defense mission requirements. The activated ships are instructed to transition from a reduced operational status to a fully manned status with the quarters made habitable and the cargo equipment ready. Activations are generally immediately followed by a sea test drive. USTRANSCOM conducts these exercises on a recurring basis in order to maintain the readiness of the U.S. maritime transport fleet to project and maintain joint forces around the globe.

SS Denebola will remain docked at North Locust Point Marine Terminal, Cape Wrath will remain in Port Covington, and SS Wright will remain in the Canton Industrial Area.

Cape Washington Photos courtesy of Rhiana Podraza Scholz

SS Denbola docked at the North Locust Point Marine Terminal without the SS Antares lying next to it

Photos and video of SS Antares exiting courtesy Terri Harrington

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