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USNS Wheeling (T-AGM-8)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - India - Papa - Juliet
NIPJ
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Wheeling Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
  • Laid down, 10 April 1945, as SS Seton Hall Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3), hull under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 686) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 21 June 1945, for operation by Waterman Steamship Corp.
  • Laid up, 17 June 1946, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Chartered by the US Navy, 3 February 1947
  • Laid up, 15 November 1948, in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Beaumont, TX.
  • Acquired by the Navy, 10 August 1962 and assigned to MSTS
  • Placed in service as the Missile Range Instrumentation Ship, USNS Wheeling (T-AGM-8), 28 May 1964, at Port Hueneme, CA. operated under contract for MSTS (Dynaelectron Corp. 1972)
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 1 July 1982
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 11,500t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62' 2"
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 56
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    Wheeling 31k USNS Wheeling (T-AGM-8) underway, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Wheeling 104k USNS Wheeling (T-AGM-8) underway, date and location unknown.
    US navy photo from the collections of the US Navy Memorial.
    Stan Svec

    USNS Wheeling (T-AGM-8)
    DANFS
    history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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