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USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Bravo - Golf
NTRI
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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National Defense Service Medal



USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) was transferred to Tunisia
Wilkes Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 18 July 1968, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI.
  • Launched, 31 July 1969
  • Delivered to the Navy, 28 June 1971
  • Placed in service, 16 July 1971, at Boston Naval Shipyard by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33)
  • Placed ready reserve status, 20 April 1975
  • Reactivated, 31 March 1976
  • Placed out of service in 1979
  • Transferred under the Security Assistance Program to Tunisia, 29 September 1995
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 1,935 t.(lt) 2,540 t.(fl)
    Length 286' 7½"
    Beam 48'
    Draft 15
    Speed 15 kts.
    Complement 48 crew, 26 scientific party
    Armament none
    Propulsion ALCO diesels, General Electric electric drive, single shaft. SHP approx.3000

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    Wilkes 111k USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) launching, at Defoe Shipbuilding Co., Bay City, MI., 31 July 1969. Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Wilkes 86k First Day of Launch cover for USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) postmarked at Bay City, MI July 31, 1969. Paul Petosky
    Wilkes 62k USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) underway, date and location unknown. Defoe Shipbuilding web site
    Wilkes 110k USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Tramp
    Wilkes 226k USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) anchored at Monaco, April 1982 Carl R Friberg USNS Wilkes
    Wilkes 99k USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33) anchored at Monaco, April 1982 Dick Moody
    Wilkes 123k

    USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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