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USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3)

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National Defense Service Medal

Robert D. Conrad Class Oceanographic Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 19 January 1961, at Gibbs Systems Inc., Jacksonville, FL.
  • Launched, 26 May 1962
  • Delivered to the Navy, 29 November 1962
  • Placed in service by MSC, as USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3)
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 4 October 1989
  • Final Disposition, scrapped, 27 April 2004
    Displacement 1,200 t.(lt) 1,370 t.(fl)
    Length 209'
    Beam 40'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 12 kts.
    23 civilian mariners
    38 scientists
    single propeller, 2,500shp
    retractable azmuthing bow thruster

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    Robert D. Conrad 68k
    Robert Dexter Conrad, born on 20 March 1905 in Orange, Mass., graduated from the Naval Academy and was commissioned ensign in June 1927. Following duty in Florida (BB-30), he attended the Postgraduate School at Annapolis and earned a Master of Science degree in naval architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in June 1932. Then ordered to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Navy Yard, he served there until the fall of 1933 when he took a leave of absence to study at Cambridge University, England. Returning to the United States, he served in the Design and Construction Division and in the Research and Information Section of the Bureau of Construction and Repair; then, from August 1937 to June 1939, at the Experimental Model Basin at Washington. Duty at Mare Island followed and in November 1940 he was appointed Assistant Naval Attaché, later Special Naval Observer, at the American Embassy, London.
    In January 1942 he returned to Washington. Initially in the Bureau of Ships, he became Head of the Progress and Planning Section in the Office of the Coordinator of Research and Development, Office of the Secretary of the Navy in April and remained in that post until May 1945. He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his work during that period. After the end of the war in Europe, Captain Conrad continued his research work through many organizational changes, and was eventually designated Director of the Planning Division, Office of Research and Inventions, later the Office of Naval Research. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for his work both during and after the Second World War. Captain Conrad retired in 1947 and died at New York on 26 July 1949.
    The Navy's top scientific award, an annual award to the individual making an outstanding contribution in naval research and development bears Captain Conrad's name.
    Bill Gonyo
    Robert D. Conrad 44k USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3) off Piermont Pier, Piermont, N.Y. on the Hudson River, circa mid 1980’s. Note the Tappan Zee Bridge is in the background.
    US Geodetic Survey photo
    Photo - Ramon Jackson
    Caption - Frank Robinson
    Robert D. Conrad 82k USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3) under way, date and location unknown. Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Robert D. Conrad 108k USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Robert D. Conrad 100k USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3) preparing to moor pierside, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.
    Robert D. Conrad 80k USNS Robert D. Conrad (T-AGOR-3) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Richard Miller BMCS USNR Ret.

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