Please report any broken links or trouble you might come across to the Webmaster. Please take a moment to let us know so that we can correct any problems and make your visit as enjoyable and as informative as possible.

NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

Range Recoverer (YFRT-524)
USNS Range Recoverer (T-AGM-2) (1960 - ?)
USNS Range Recoverer (T-AG-161) (1960)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Golf - Foxtrot
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
  • Built for the US Army in 1944 as FS-278 by Wheeler Shipbuilding Corp., Whitestone, N.Y.
  • Acquired by the Navy April 1960
  • Converted by Pacific Ship Repair, San Francisco, CA.
  • Assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as Miscellaneous Auxiliary USNS Range Recoverer (T-AG-161), 22 June 1960
  • Reclassified Missile Range Instrumentation Ship (T-AGM-2), 27 November 1960
  • Placed out of service in 1972
  • Reclassified Range Tender YFRT-524, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service, 1 November 1974
    Displacement 550 t.(lt) 935 t.(fl)
    Length 176' 6"
    Beam 32'
    Draft 11' 5"
    Speed 10 kts
    Complement 24
    two GE Diesel 500hp engines
    twin propellers

    Click On Image
    For Full Size Image
    Size Image Description Source
    Range Recoverer 166k "The log periodic antenna on the foremast - used for communications, can be tilted down for going under bridges. The quad helix antenna on the starboard wing, and the single helix on the port are used for tracking missiles, and the whip antennas used for communications. The USNS Range Recoverer T-AGM-2) also had a state of the art sonar that was directional, and could be tilted 2 above the horizon to the bottom. One could see the navigation buoy mooring chains, and channel when approaching a harbor, etc., and could also locate pingers on objects." Captain Robert W. Broom, Master USNS Range Recoverer.
    US Navy photo
    Courtesy CAPT. Robert (Bob) Broom, Master USNS Range Recoverer
    via Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    Range Recoverer 206k USNS Range Recoverer (T-AGM-2) under way, date and location unknown. Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    Range Recoverer 40k USNS Range Recoverer (T-AGM-2) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Range Recoverer 92k USNS Range Recoverer (T-AGM-2) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo, Military Sea Transportation Service photo.
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Range Recoverer (T-AGM-2)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    Selected Articles
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Back To the Main Photo Index Back To the Service Ship Photo Index Back To the Miscellaneous Auxiliary (AG) Photo Index Back To the Missile Range Instrumentation Ship (AGM) Photo Index Back To The Range Tender (Self-propelled) (YFRT) Photo Index
    Comments, Suggestions, E-mail Webmaster.
    This page is created and maintained by Gary P. Priolo
    All pages copyright NavSource Naval History
    Last Updated 6 February 2015