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USNS Flyer (T-AG-178)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Echo - Alpha - Alpha
NEAA
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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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 McCormick SS Line, 14 March 1945, at Oakland, CA., under a GAA agreement
  • Bare-bottom charter to American South African Line, 6 July 1946, at New York
  • Leased under GAA 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 by the Maritime Administration for scrapping, 27 April 1976, to American Ship Dismantlers Inc.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 7,300 t.(lt) 11,000 t.(fl)
    Length 459'
    Beam 63'
    Draft 28'
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion
    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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    Flyer 107k 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)
    Flyer 14k USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) underway, date and place unknown. Ramon Jackson
    Flyer 54k USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside at Bremerhaven, Germany, October 1965. Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    Flyer 89k USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial
    Stan Svec
    Flyer 278k USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) moored pierside, date and location unknown. That's ENS William Lacey, the ship's crypto officer, on the "horse." Ramon Jackson
    Flyer 89k 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. Ramon Jackson
    Flyer 127k USNS Flyer (T-AG-178) wardroom, circa 1967. Ramon Jackson
    Flyer 254k 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. Ramon Jackson

    There is no DANFS history available for Flyer (T-AG-178) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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    USNS Flyer (T-AG 178)

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