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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)
    Length 266'
    Beam 52'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 13 kts.
    Complement 18 civilians, 15 scientific party, 6 Navy
    Propulsion diesel electric, two shafts, 3,200hp

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    Eltanin 37k USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Eltanin 52k USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) at Antarctica, date and location unknown. Ramon Jackson
    Eltanin 751k 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
    Eltanin 82k USNS Eltanin (T-AGOR-8) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst

    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
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    Last Updated 20 March 2015