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USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Papa - Alpha
Sampan 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 2133)
at Walter Butler Shipbuilding Inc., Superior, WI.
Launched, date unknown
Competed in August 1945 and delivered at Beaumont, TX. to the Maritime Commission
Chartered, 11 May 1945, under a General Agency Agreement to Prudential Steamship Corp.
Chartered, 18 July 1946, by New York Puerto Rico Steamship Co., at New York
Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., 21 January 1948
Withdrawn, 8 October 1958, from reserve, title transferred to US Air Force for conversion to a Range Instrumentation Ship
Commissioned USAFS Sampan Hitch, date unknown
Title transferred to the US Navy, 1 July 1964, assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) as a "Special Mission Ship"
Placed in service, 1 July 1964 as USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18)
Placed out of service and laid up, 25 June 1968 in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
Struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 23 April 1973, to Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd., South Korea (PD-X-957, dated 15 March 1973), for $79,054.00,
withdrawn, 24 May 1973
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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||USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18) moored pierside at Port Canaveral, FL., 26 March 1959.
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