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USNS Chain (T-AGOR-17)
International Radio Call Sign:
USS Chain (ARS-20) (1944 - 1958)
November - India - Zulu - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - World War II Victory Medal
Diver Class Rescue and Salvage Ship:
Laid down, 21 December 1942, at Basalt Rock Co., Napa, CA.
Launched, 3 April 1943
Commissioned USS Chain (ARS-20), 31 March 1944, LCDR. Flavius J. George, USNR, in command
During World War II USS Chain (ARS-20) was assigned to the 4th Fleet in the South Atlantic
Decommissioned, 9 November 1946, at Orange, TX.
Laid up in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, Texas Group, Orange
Reclassified as an Oceanographic Research Ship in April 1967
Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as USNS Chain (T-AGOR-17) and operated for the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Massachusetts
Struck from the Naval Register, 30 December 1977
Final Disposition, scrapped, June 1979
Displacement 1,897 t.
Length 213' 6"
Draft 14' 8"
Speed 15 kts.
Largest Boom Capacity 10 t.
two twin 40mm AA gun mounts
four .50 cal. machine guns
Diesel 2,300 Bbls
Gasoline 2,450 Gals
four Cooper Bessemer GSR-8 Diesel-electric engines
single Fairbanks Morse Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two Diesel-drive 200Kw 120V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 60Kw 120V D.C.
twin propellers, 3,000shp
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||USS Chain (ARS-20) under way, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, issue dated November 1946
|Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
|USNS Chain (T-AGOR-17)
||USNS Chain (T-AGOR-17) moored pierside, circa the early 1960s, soon after her conversion to a survey ship.
US Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC), Photo No. Unknown, courtesy Shipscribe.com.
||USNS Chain (T-AGOR-17) under way, circa 1961, location unknown.
US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, May 1961, p 12.
||USNS Chain (T-AGOR-17) entering Great Harbor with Woods Hole Passage and Nonamesset Island in the background, date unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79135.
|US Naval History and Heritage Command
USS Chain (ARS-20)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. George, Flavius Josephus, USNR||31 March 1944 - ?|
|04||LCDR. Martin Jr. Verey Gamble, USNR||1946 - 9 November 1946|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
National Association of Fleet Tug Sailors
Last Updated 20 December 2019
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