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USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12)

USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) was transferred to Tunisia and renamed Salammbo (A-701)
Robert D. Conrad Class Oceanographic Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 November 1965, at Northwest Marine Iron Works, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 21 March 1966
  • Delivered to the Navy, 28 February 1969, as USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12)
  • Leased for university use in 1969
  • Transferred to Tunisia, 2 November 1992, under terms of the Security Assistance Program, renamed Salammbo (A-701)
  • Current Disposition, active in the Tunisian navy
    Displacement 1,520 t.(lt) 1,915 t.(fl)
    Length 245'
    Beam 46'
    Draft 16'
    Speed 12 kts.
    23 civilian mariners 38 scientists
    single propeller, 2,500shp
    retractable azmuthing bow thruster

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    De Steiguer 141k

    Born in Athens, Ohio on March 18, 1867 to Judge Rodolph de Steiguer and Mary Carpenter de Steiguer, Louis Rodolph de Steiguer was descended from Judge Silvanus Ames, a prominent citizen of southern Ohio. He was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy from Ohio in 1885. Graduating in 1889, he served his naval cadet cruise aboard the new steel cruiser Atlanta, which sailed with the Squadron of Evolution to Europe, the Mediterranean, and Brazil before returning to New York in 1890. He was commissioned ensign on July 1, 1891 and served in various assignments ashore and afloat, including tours aboard the Vulcan and aboard the Montgomery during the S panish-American War. Promoted to lieutenant commander in 1905, he was Supervisor of New York Harbor from December 9, 1905 to August 30, 1906; was in charge of the Fifth Lighthouse District in 1911; commanded the Panther through 1913; was acting commandant of the Norfolk Naval Shipyard from September 25, 1914 to January 4, 1915; and commanded the battleship Kearsarge in 1916. During World War I he served as chief of staff of the Third Naval District before reporting as captain of the battleship Arkansas, which was stationed with the American dreadnaught squadron operating with the British Grand Fleet. After the war, de Steiguer was Hydrographer of the Navy from July 1921 to December 1921. Promoted to rear admiral, he was commander of the First Naval District, including the Portsmouth Navy Yard, from June 1923 to 1925. In June 1925, de Steiguer returned to sea as Commander Battleship Division Four (COMBATDIV 4), with flagship New Mexico, and the following summer he was promoted to temporary vice admiral as Commander Battleship Divisions, Battle Fleet (COMBATDIVS), with flagship West Virginia. On September 10, 1927, de Steiguer assumed the temporary rank of full admiral as Commander in Chief Battle Fleet, United States Fleet (COMBATFLT), with flagship California. Following his tour as Battle Fleet commander, de Steiguer "fleeted down" to his permanent rank of rear admiral and served as commandant, Brooklyn Navy Yard from July 2, 1928 to March 18, 1931. He retired in 1932. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, the former Katherine Constable.
    Bill Gonyo
    De Steiguer 228k USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) at sea, date and location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo NH 79131.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    De Steiguer 62k USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) at sea, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    De Steiguer 46k USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) under way, date and location unknown. Carl R. Friberg Jr.
    De Steiguer 44k USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) in port, possibly Oakland, CA., 1971. Ramon Jackson
    De Steiguer 209k USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    De Steiguer 58k USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) under way in heavy seas of the West Coast of the United States in 1974. Ramon Jackson

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