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USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - India - Yankee
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons
National Defense Service Medal
Alamosa Class Cargo Ship / Timber Hitch Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
Laid down, date unknown, as a Maritime Commission type (C1-M-AV1) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 2315) at Consolidated Steel Corp., Ltd., Wilmington, DE.
Launched, date unknown
Delivered to the Maritime Commission in 23 November 1945 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Olympia, WA. Group
Moved to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., 12 September 1949
Withdrawn from reserve for delivery to the US Air Force, 2 April 1957, for conversion to a missile tracking ship
Placed in service as Ocean Range Vessel USAFS Timber Hitch (ORV-17) to be operated in support of the Air Force Eastern Test Range
Acquired by the US Navy in 1964 and placed in service with the Military Sea Transportation Service as a Special Mission Ship on the Eastern Test Range, USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17)
Placed out of service in 1968
Returned to the Maritime Administration, 5 May 1968 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group. Lee Hall, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 9 October 1969
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 27 July 1977, for $309.999.00 (group of four ships) to Consolidated Andy International Inc.
Displacement 3,366 t.(lt) 6,090 t.(fl)
Length 338' 9"
Beam 50' 4"
Draft 17' 7"
Speed 11.5 kts.
Propulsion diesel, single propeller
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||USAFS Timber Hitch (ORV-17) receiving water from the US Army Ship American Mariner, 3 December 1961, at Clarence Bay, Ascension Island.
U S Army newsletter "Aboard the USAFS American Mariner" dated February 1962.
||USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
||USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17) and USNS Coastal Sentry (T-AGM-15) docked together during the 1960s, location unknown.
US Naval History and Heritage command Photo # NH 92955, courtesy of William H. Davis, 1981.
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There is no DANFS history available for USNS Timber Hitch (AGM-17) at NavSource
Crew Contact And Reunion Information
U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
Last Updated 18 August 2017
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