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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
Contributed by Don McGrogan BMCS USN (Ret.)
USNS Flyer (T-AG-178)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal
Flyer Class Miscellaneous Auxiliary:
Laid down, 30 October 1944 as SS Water Witch a Maritime Commission type (C2-S-B1) hull under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1209) at Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, CA.
Launched, 20 December 1944
Delivered to Moore McCormack SS Line, 14 March 1945, at Oakland, CA., for operation under a General Agency Agreement
Bare-bottom charter to American South African Line, 6 July 1946, at New York
Leased under a General Agency Agreement to US Lines, 22 October 1946, at New York
Purchased by US Lines, 8 November 1946, for $960,642.42, at Hoboken, N.J. renamed SS American Flyer
Returned to the Maritime Administration (trade-in), 10 October 1962, re-chartered by US Lines
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 14 December 1964, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Administration, 9 February 1965, for project "Caesar"
Converted for Naval service as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, Bathymetric Survey Ship
Placed in service as USNS Flyer (T-AG-178), 9 February 1965
Placed out of service, circa 1975
Struck from the Naval Register, 17 July 1975
Returned, 22 July 1975, to the Maritime Administration at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Final Disposition, sold, 27 April 1976, to American Ship Dismantlers Inc. (PD-X-1006 four ship sale) $1,019.121.21
Displacement 7,300 t.(lt) 11,000 t.(fl)
one General Electric steam turbine
two Foster and Wheeler D-type boilers, 465psi 750°
double General Electric Main Reduction Gears
Ship's Service Generators
two turbo-drive 250Kw 240V D.C.
one Diesel-drive 300Kw 120V/240V D.C.
single propeller, 6,000shp
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||American Flyer moored pierside at Bremen, Germany, 25 November 1963 on a dark and rainy day. Note the flags at half-mast to commemorate the assassination of President. John F. Kennedy two days earlier.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
|USNS Flyer (T-AG178)
||USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) underway, date and place unknown.
||USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, October 1965.
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
||USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside, date and location unknown. That's ENS William Lacey, the ship's crypto officer, on the "horse."
||Port side profile of USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside, date and location unknown. This is a good profile showing the LORAC antenna aft. It is believed that antenna was removed sometime around 1970.
||USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) wardroom, circa 1967.
||USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) underway, circa 1967. This photo was taken a few months after arrival in sunnier and warmer Pacific waters and shows the concrete ballast forward. Atlantic rust is being chipped away and a Pacific paint job is being applied. During this deep refinish almost a quarter inch of paint, right down to metal and through various commercial colors, was removed from the superstructure.
There is no DANFS history available for USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) at NavSource
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Last Updated 24 November 2017
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