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AK 9301 Buffalo Soldier

AK 9301 Buffalo Soldier is one of three ships currently under charter to support the US Air Force's ammunition prepositioning mission. Buffalo Soldier is a roll-on/roll-off self-sustaining container ship built in 1978. It is 670 feet long, 87 feet wide and has a deadweight tonnage of 26,438 long tons. The ship has 143,000 square feet of cargo carrying capacity, or room for 1,063 20-foot containers. Its 120-long-ton capacity roll-on/roll-off ramp enables most any vehicle to be driven aboard. It can sail at a speed of 16 knots. Buffalo Soldier is currently prepositioned in Diego Garcia. The ship is named in honor of African-Americans who served in the Union Army during the US Civil War.


Power Plant
Length 670 feet
Beam 87 feet
Draft 34 feet, 6 inches
Displacement 41,090 long tons
Speed knots ( mph)


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
Buffalo Soldier T-AK 9301 Diego Garcia

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Saturday, March 06, 1999 7:06:02 PM