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USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11)
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USAFS Twin Falls


Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal
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  • Withdrawn from reserve and chartered to Waterman SS Corp., 25 January 1949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  • Withdrawn from reserve and chartered to States Marine Corp of Delaware at Mobile, AL., 30 October 1950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  • Withdrawn from reserve and chartered to American Export Lines, Inc., at the Hudson River Reserve Fleet, 6 February 1957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  • Withdrawn from reserve, permanently transferred to the US Air Force, 24 March 1960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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 11,500t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62' 2"
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Complement 56
    Armament none
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11)
    Twin Falls 72k 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
    Twin Falls 33k USNS Twin Falls (T-AGM-11) under way at Port Canaveral, FL., date unknown. Tommy Trampp
    SS. John W. Brown II (City of New York)
    Twin Falls 521k 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
    Twin Falls 1243k 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

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    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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