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USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - India - Yankee
NTIY
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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  • Withdrawn from reserve for delivery to the US Air Force, 2 April 1957, for conversion to a missile tracking ship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.
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,366 t.(lt) 6,090 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 9"
    Beam 50' 4"
    Draft 17' 7"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Complement unknown
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single propeller

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    Timber Hitch 149k 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.
    Robert Hurst
    Timber Hitch 103k USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17) moored pierside, date and location unknown. Tommy Trampp

    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

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