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USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15)
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Somerset (AK-212) (1945)


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November - Kilo - Oscar - Kilo
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Alamosa Class Cargo Ship / Coastal Sentry Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
  • Laid down, 9 October 1944, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2166) at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Launched, 21 January 1945
  • Acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Commission, 20 September 1945, assigned the name and designation Somerset (AK-212) never commissioned
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 2 November 1945, renamed MV Coastal Sentry
  • Transferred to Stockard S Corp., 2 November 1945, under a General Agency Agreement
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 5 December 1945
  • Transferred to the War Department, 2 August 1946
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, 29 September 1949, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., (Army retains title)
  • Declared surplus by the Maritime Commission, 12 December 1949
  • Transferred to Matson Navigation Co., 17 November 1951, undate a General Agency Agreement (Korean Shuttle Service)
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., 17 February 1954
  • Transferred to West Coast Trans-Oceanic SS Line, 10 May 1955, under a General Agency Agreement for MSTS operation (Arctic service)
  • Re tuned to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, CA., 19 October 1955
  • Transferred to Coastwise Line, 22 May 1956, under a General Agency Agreement for MSTS operation
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA., 28 September 1956
  • Title transferred to the US Air Force, 29 March 1957
  • Reacquired by the US Navy in 1964
  • Converted to a Coastal Sentry Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
  • Assigned to MSTS and placed in-service, 1 July 1964, as USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15)
  • Placed out of service, 11 July 1968, and transferred to the Maritime Administration
  • Sold and delivered, 30 June 1968, to Fuji Marden and Co., Ltd., of Hong Kong, at Fremantle, Australia, for scrapping (PC-X-801) for $39,400.00
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 9 October 1969
  • Final Disposition, fate unknown
    Specifications:
    Displacement 2,382 t.(lt) 7,450 t.(fl)
    Length 388' 6"
    Beam 50'
    Draft 21' 1"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Fuel Capacity Diesel 6,300 Bbls
    Propulsion
    on Nordberg TSM6 Diesel engine
    two Diesel-drive 250Kw 120V/240V D.C. Ship's Service Generators
    single propeller, 1,700shp
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    Coastal Sentry 306k Somerset (AK-212) and Sussex (AK-213), prior to Navy acceptance, in the ice is at Leathem D. Smith Shipbuilding Co., Sturgeon Bay, WI., winter 1945.
    Courtesy Door County Maritime Museum
    Julia Cosgrovve, courtesy
    Timber Hitch 117k USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15) and USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17) docked together during the 1960s, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage command Photo # NH 92955, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    Somerset (AK-212) / USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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