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USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8)
USNS Eltanin (T-AK-270) (1957 - 1962)
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Antartica Service Medal
USNS Eltanin was transferred to Argentina and renamed ARA Islas Orcadas
Eltanin Class (Ice-breaking) Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Administration type (C1-ME2-13a-Modified design for Ice Operation) hull, under a Maritime Administration contract, at Avondale Marine Ways, Inc., Avondale, LA.
Launched, 16 January 1957
Acquired by the Navy and placed in service by MSTS as USNS Eltanin (T-AK-270). October 1957
Reclassified as an Oceanographic Research Vessel (T-AGOR-8), 23 August 1962
Operated by MSTS for the National Science Foundation, becoming the world's first Antarctic research ship
Placed out of service, date unknown
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
Transferred to Argentine in 1974, renamed ARA Islas Orcadas
Final Disposition, disposed of by the Argentine Navy in 1979
Displacement 1,850 t.(lt) 3,886 t.(fl)
Speed 13 kts.
Complement 18 civilians, 15 scientific party, 6 Navy
Propulsion diesel electric, two shafts, 3,200hp
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||USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
||USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) at Antarctica, date and location unknown.
||USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) at anchor in the Port of Wellington, New Zealand, 18 December 1968
||Photo from the Chris Howell collection with copyright
||USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo
USNS Eltanin (T-AK-270 / T-AGOR-8)
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
MARAD Vessel History Database
Last Updated 20 March 2015
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