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USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11)
USAFS Twin Falls
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Twin Falls Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
Laid down in 1944 as SS Twin Falls Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 167) at Oregon Shipbuilding Co., Portland, OR.
Delivered to the War Shipping Administration for charter to McCormick SS Co., at Portland, OR., 4 April 1945
Chartered to Isthmian SS Co., at New Orleans, LA., 24 June 1946
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA., 18 November 1948
Withdrawn from reserve and chartered to Waterman SS Corp., 25 January 1949
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Mobile, AL., 7 January 1950
Withdrawn from reserve and chartered to States Marine Corp of Delaware at Mobile, AL., 30 October 1950
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, N.Y., 6 November 1953
Withdrawn from reserve and chartered to American Export Lines, Inc., at the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, 6 February 1957
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA., 25 February 1968
Withdrawn from reserve, permanently transferred to the US Air Force, 24 March 1960
Converted to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
Commissioned USAFS Twin Falls, date unknown
Acquired by the Navy's Military Sea Transportation Service, date unknown, and placed in service as USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11))
Placed out of service circa 1970
Redesigned Survey Ship AGS-37, date unknown
Returned to the Maritime Administration (MARAD), for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA, 22 May 1970
Struck from the Naval Register, 6 November 1972
Transferred to the City of New York Department of Education, 22 May 1973, renamed SS John W. Brown II
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 20 June 1982 by MARAD to Union Minerals & Alloys Corp under Ship Exchange Program contract MA-10875, dated 8 June 1982
Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 11,500t.(fl)
Length 455' 3"
Beam 62' 2"
Draft 28' 6"
Speed 15.5 kts.
Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp
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|USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11)
||USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11) pierside, Port Canaveral, FL., December 1969. Across the channel
is USS Observation Island (EAG-154) and forward of
Twin Falls is possibly USNS Vanguard (T-AGM-19).
||Photo by James W. Holloway, Jr. (deceased), submitted by Jim Holloway
||USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11) under way at Port Canaveral, FL., date unknown.
|SS. John W. Brown II (City of New York)
||SS John W. Brown II (ex-Twin Falls (T-AGM-11) moored on the Hudson River in New York City while serving as that cities Metropolitan Vocational High School.training ship for maritime students, May 1978..
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
||SS John W. Brown II moored on the Hudson River in New York City while serving as that cities Metropolitan Vocational High School.training ship for maritime students, May 1978..
||Photo by Gerhard Mueller-Debus
USNS Twin Falls (AGM-11)
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