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USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - November - Uniform - Delta
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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Navy Battle "E" Ribbon - National Defense Service Medal



USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) was transferred to Turkey renamed TCG Çes,me (A-599)
Silas Bent Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 2 March 1964, at American Shipbuilding Corp, Cleveland, OH.
  • Launched, 15 May 1964
  • Delivered to the Navy, 23 July 1965
  • Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26)
  • Placed out of service, (date unknown)
  • Transferred to Turkey, 29 September 1999, renamed TCG Çes,me (A-599)
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 October 1999
  • Current Disposition, active Turkish Navy
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,935 t.(lt) 2,580 t.(fl)
    Length 285' 3"
    Beam 48'
    Draft 15
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement
    44 crew
    26 scientific party
    Propulsion
    ALCO Diesels
    Allis-Chalmers electric drive
    single propeller SHP approx.3000

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    USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26)
    Silas Bent 35k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) launching, 15 May 1964, at American Shipbuilding Corp., Cleveland, OH.
    US Navy photo from a Japanese language open house brochure
    Ramon Jackson
    Silas Bent 85k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) on builders trials, July 1965
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Silas Bent 56k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    Silas Bent 81k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Federation of American Scientists web site
    Silas Bent 104k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) overhead view, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from a Japanese language open house brochure
    Ramon Jackson
    Silas Bent 86k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from a Japanese language open house brochure
    Ramon Jackson
    Silas Bent 56k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) on the Anacostia River, Washington, DC. Note the South Capitol Street Bridge in the background.
    US Navy photo from a Japanese language open house brochure
    Ramon Jackson
    Silas Bent 89k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) under tow by USS Wandank (ATA-204) enroute to Guam, circa 1967-68. Photo by Eli Blanco RM3 USS Wandank
    Silas Bent 69k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Silas Bent 102k USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service photo.
    Robert Hurst
    TCG Çes,me (A-599)
    Silas Bent 342k Ex-USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) in Turkish naval service as TCG Çes,me (A-599) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar GMC Turkish Navy Retired
    Silas Bent 129k TCG Çes,me (A-599) underway, date and location unknown. Yucel M. Umar GMC Turkish Navy Retired
    Silas Bent 608k TCG Çes,me (A-599) northbound in the Bosporous Straits, 9 May 2011. Photo by John Skillman

    USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Silas Bent (T-AGS-26)
    "Silas Bent Introduction Brochure" (1966)

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