About the TS Kennedy    

The TS Kennedy, callsign KVMU, IMO number 6621662, is a former commercial freighter and a current training vessel of the United States Maritime Service.


Ship Specifications
Ship Specifications
Ship Specifications
Type Training Ship
Displacement 18,549 long tons (18,847t)
Length 540ft. (160m)
Beam 76ft. (23m)
Height 119ft. 0in. (36.27m) from keel to radar mast
Draft 28ft. 6in.
Depth 42ft. 6in.
Decks 8
Installed Power 2x GE ATI Turbine 750kW, ABB Wartsila Diesel 1.3MW, Caterpillar 3406
Propulsion 2x Marine D Type 600 PSI Foster Wheeler Boilers, De Laval Steam Turbine, Single Screw, 15,500 Horsepower
Speed 21 knots (39km/h; 24mph)
Range 10,000 nautical miles
Complement 710
Crew 43
Time to Activate 3 days
Armament 600 cadets
Aircraft Carried None
Aviation Facilities Helicopter Pad (winch only)
General Arrangement
General Arrangement

The General Arrangement is one of the most important documents to a ship, especially during its construction. It lays out the plans for all the decks, each compartment's purpose, and the passageways to connect. The General Arrangement is foundational to other critical documents on board such as the fire plan.

TS Kennedy General Arrangement


Vessel History
Vessel History
Vessel History
1964 SS Velma Lykes was laid down as SS Velma Lykes, a Maritime Administration (MARAD) subsidized break bulk cargo C4 freighter type at Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA.
1967 SS Velma Lykes was completed and launched at Avondale Shipyards, New Orleans. She was delivered to Lykes Brothers Steamship Co. for Far East operations.
1979 SS Velma Lykes made history in 1979 when she became the first US flag vessel to call on the mainland Chinese port of Whampoa since the Chinese communist revolution.
1985 MARAD acquired SS Velma Lykes for RRF and renamed to SS Cape Bon.
1991 SS Cape Bon activated for Desert Storm.
2003 Converted as a training ship and renamed as USTS Enterprise.
2009 TS Enterprise was renamed to TS Kennedy to honor President John F. Kennedy and the Kennedy family.
2012 TS Kennedy was activated to support FEMA in response to Hurricane Sandy.
2017 TS Kennedy was activated to support hurricane relief in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.
2023  TS Kennedy transferred to Texas A&M Maritime Academy.