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USNS American Mariner (T-AGM-12)
ex
US Army Ship American Mariner (1959 - 1966)
SS American Mariner (WIX) (1941 - 1942)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Charlie - Victor - November
NCVN
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
American Campaign Medal - American Campaign Medal - National Defense Service Medal


American Mariner Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
  • Laid down in 1942, as SS George Calvertt, a Maritime Commission type (EC2-S-C1) hull, under Maritime Commission contact (MC hull 20) at Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyard, Baltimore, MD.
  • Launched, date unknown
  • Completed at Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation's Key Highway Plant, Baltimore, MD., as a cadet training ship, manned by the US Coast Guard and unlicensed merchant marine personnel of the US Maritime Service
  • Commissioned by the US Coast Guard, SS American Mariner (WIX), 30 December 1941
  • Decommissioned, 31 August 1942
  • Renamed TS American Mariner and placed in service as a cadet training ship, circa 1942-43
  • Assigned to Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) as a school ship in 1946
  • Laid up at Kings Point, N.Y, in 1950
  • Transferred to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Hudson River, Jones Point, N.Y., in December 1953
  • Reactivation in 1957
  • Converted to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
  • Placed in service by the US Army in January 1959, assigned to ARGMA (Advanced Research Guided Missiles Agency), Redstone Arsenal, and commissioned US Army Ship American Mariner, manned by civilian mariners under contract to Mathiesen Tankers and RCA Service Company engineers and scientists. She remained in the Army inventory as an RCAS missile tracking ship for DAMP (Downrange Anti-ballistic Missile Program) until 1 January 1964
  • Assigned to the AMR (Atlantic Missile Range) under the Air Force and Pan American control
  • Transferred to the US Navy Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) and placed in service as USNS American Mariner (T-AGM-12), date unknown
  • Placed out of service in 1966
  • Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Final Disposition, being used as a target ship off Point Lookout, Chesapeake Bay, MD.
    Specifications
    Displacement 4,023 t.(lt), 14,250 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 7"
    Beam 57' 11"
    Draft 24' 7"
    Speed 11 kts.
    Armament none
    Propulsion reciprocating steam engine, single propeller, 2,500shp

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    TS American Mariner
    American Mariner 52k Massachusetts Maritime Academy school ship TS American Mariner underway in 1946. Massachusetts Maritime Academy web site
    US Army American Mariner
    American Mariner 150k US Army Range Instrumentation Ship US Army Ship American Mariner showing indicators to tracking equipment aboard the ship. Photo from Newsletter, 1 January 1964. United States Military. Robert Hurst
    American Mariner 68k US Army Ship American Mariner at anchor, Ascension Island, circa 1959-1964 Photo by Ted Bojanowski
    American Mariner 98k US Army Ship American Mariner at anchor, Ascension Island, circa 1959-1964 Photo by Ted Bojanowski
    American Mariner 114k US Army Ship American Mariner moored at Chagaramus Pier, Trinidad W.I., circa 1959-1964 Photo by Ted Bojanowski
    American Mariner 87k US Army Ship American Mariner moored at Chagaramus, Trinidad W.I., circa 1959-1964 Photo by Ted Bojanowski
    American Mariner 112k US Army Ship American Mariner moored at Recife, Brazil, circa 1959-1964 Photo by Ted Bojanowski
    American Mariner 65k US Army (RCA) Range Instrumentation Ship US Army Ship American Mariner moored, place unknown, circa 1959-1964 Photo by Ted Bojanowski
    American Mariner 53k US Army (RCA) Range Instrumentation Ship US Army Ship American Mariner drydocked at Baltimore, MD. while having her bottom scrapped and painted, date unknown. Robert Hurst
    American Mariner 64k US Army (RCA) Range Instrumentation Ship US Army Ship American Mariner departing Baltimore, MD., 16 February 1960, for the South Atlantic to track US Department of Defense missile shoots. Ron Reeves
    Ex-American Mariner
    American Mariner 46k Bow view of target ship ex-American Mariner at anchor off Point Lookout, Chesapeake Bay, 1980. Photo courtesy Arthur Davis Whitaker Jr. Robert Hurst
    American Mariner 79k Ex-American Mariner moored in the Chesapeake Bay and being used as a target ship, 6 May 2006 Photos by Chip Seelig
    American Mariner 30k

    There is no DANFS history for USNS American Mariner (T-AGM-12) available at Navsource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Coast Guard Historian's Office - American Mariner
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    Last Updated 4 January 2013