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USNS Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18)


International Radio Call Sign:
November - Tango - Papa - Alpha
NTPA
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
  • Delivered, 5 November 1945, at Beaumont, TX. to the Maritime Commission for charter 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  • Withdrawn from reserve, title transferred to US Air Force for conversion to a Range Instrumentation Ship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 in 1968 and laid up 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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 3,366 t.(lt) 6,090 t.(fl)
    Length 338' 9"
    Beam 50' 4"
    Draft 17' 7"
    Speed 11.5 kts.
    Armament none
    Propulsion diesel, single propeller

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    Sampan Hitch 42k Sampan Hitch (T-AGM-18) moored pierside at Port Canaveral, FL., 26 March 1959. Leon Lacy

    There is no DANFS history available for Sampan Hitch (AGM-18) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Fleet Reserve Association

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