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MV Cragside in Mobile, AL on Oct 31 2015.jpg

The MV Ocean Trader (ex-Cragside) is a Special Warfare Support vessel operated by the United States Military Sealift Command.[1]

The vessel has been proposed to serve as a special operations base for up to 200 troops, hangar bays for helicopters, gyms and weapons lockers.[2]


Cragside was launched by Odense Steel Shipyard in 2010, and completed in 2011 for Maersk Line.[3]

In November 2013, Maersk was awarded a $73 million contract to convert the ship.[4]

The ship was in service as of 2017, and was reported to have operated in the Mediterranean and Baltic Seas.[5]

Draft 18.4 ft (5.6 m)
Length 633 ft (193 m)
Beam 85.3 ft (26.0 m)
Displacement 20,650 long tons (20,980 t)
  •  ? civilian crew
  • 200 special forces
Speed 14.2 kn (26.3 km/h)


  1. ^ Burgess, Richard R. (November 18, 2013). "MSC to Charter Maersk Ship for 'Maritime Support'". Seapower. Arlington, VA. Archived from the original on 2014-02-23. Retrieved 2014-02-16. 
  2. ^ "The Navy's Getting a Big, Secretive Special Operations 'Mothership' - Converted cargo vessel to carry copters, commandos". War Is BORING. Retrieved 23 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "DNV Exchange - CRAGSIDE - Summary". Det Norske Veritas. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Bender, Jeremy (4 February 2014). "The Navy Is Converting A Cargo Vessel Into A Special Operations Mothership". Business Insider, Inc. Archived from the original on 2014-07-20. Retrieved 16 February 2014. 
  5. ^ Mercogliano, Salvatore R. (12 October 2017). "The Ultimate Stealth Ship". CIMSEC. Retrieved 14 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "MV Cragside". Marine Traffic. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-07-20.