SS Chesapeake (AOT-5084) tilts 13 degrees to port to release the single anchored leg moor (SALM) into the ocean. The SALM is used to keep the ship at anchor during replenishment of fuel and supplies to shore activities.
SS Chesapeake was built by the Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point Yard in Baltimore, Maryland and served as a commercial tanker under the name SS Hess Voyager for Hess Shipping Company from 1964 to 1980. On July 22, 1980, she was renamed the SS Chesapeake.
On December 15, 1987 the U.S. Maritime Administration relieved Hess Shipping of the vessel under an exchange program and was laid up in the Maritime Administration’s Ready Reserve Fleet. In 2000 she was placed in service by the Military Sealift Command as SS Chesapeake (AOT-5084), where she is currently still active in service as one of MSC’s thirteen Common User Tankers and operated under contract by Interocean Ugland Management Corp., Voorhees, N.J.
Image courtesy: US Navy photo # 081101-N-4973M-001 ARABIAN SEA (Nov. 1, 2008) by MC3 Brian Morales.