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AK 1005 Austral Rainbow

AK 1005 (T-AK 2046) Austral Rainbow, was [apparently until mid-1998] one of three ships currently under charter to support the U.S. Air Force's ammunition prepositioning mission. Austral Rainbow is a LASH, or lighter aboard ship, vessel built in 1972. It is 820 feet long, 100 feet wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 41,000 long tons. In its current configuration, Austral Rainbow can carry up to 100 20-foot containers, 74 LASH barges and two pusher boats. The two pusher boats are used to move barges which have been unloaded into the water. Each barge can carry as much as 250 long tons of cargo. The ship sails at a speed of 16 knots. Austral Rainbow is currently prepositioned in Diego Garcia.


Power Plant
Length820 feet
Beam100 feet
Draft40 feet, 8 inches
Displacement 55,840 long tons
Speed knots ( mph)


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Austral Rainbow AK 1005 Diego Garcia

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Thursday, October 19, 2000 6:13:29 AM