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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive

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USS Belmont (AGTR-4)
USS Belmont (AG-167) (1964)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Quebec - Bravo - Alpha
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Precedence of awards is from left to right
National Defense Service Medal - Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (Dominican Republic)

Belmont Class Technical Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 25 January 1944, as SS Iran Victory, a Maritime Commission Type (VC2-S-AP3), under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 94) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp, Portland, OR.
  • Launched, 25 March 1944
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission, 23 April 1944 for operation by Pacific-Atlantic Steamship Co.
  • Returned to the Maritime Commission for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Astoria, OR., April 1954 or 1955
  • Acquired by the US Navy in February 1963
  • Renamed and designated Belmont (AG-167), 8 June 1963, while undergoing conversion to a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, (Technical Research Ship), at Willamette Iron and Steel Co, Portland, OR.
  • Redesignated AGTR-4, 1 April 1964
  • Commissioned USS Belmont, (AGTR-4), 2 November 1964, at Puget Sound Naval Ship Yard, Bremerton, WA., CDR. Jerome E. Henderson in command
  • Decommissioned, and Struck from the Naval Register, 16 January 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Boston Metals Co., Baltimore, MD., 4 June 1970 (PD-X-870 dated 12 May 1970) for $69,777.77. Delivered to Boston Metals Co., 4 June 1970
    Displacement 4,420 t.(fl) 11,100 t.(fl)
    Length 455'
    Beam 62'
    Draft 23'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 358
    Armament four .50 cal. machine guns
    Propulsion steam turbine, single shaft, 8.500shp

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    Size Image Description Contributed
    Merchant Service Pacific Far East Lines
    67k Especially designed for the transport of Tanks and Boxed Airplanes the Z-EC-S-C5 type had the same hull-form as the EC2-S-C1 type but with large hatches and heavier loading gear. Typical for this type is the arrangement of two pairs of kingposts each on the forecastle and poop contrary to the two single kingposts on the forecastle and one kingpost on the poop with the EC2-S-C1 basic design. All vessels remained under US Flag and Registry after WWII and were laid up.
    United States Maritime Commission 1936 thru 1950
    John Spivey
    Belmont 375k SS Iran Victory under way in Pacific Far East Line colors, date unknown. Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USS Belmont (AGTR-4)
    Belmont 165k Belmont (AGTR-4) drydocked at Willamette Iron and Steel Co. shipyard, Portland, OR., 23 July 1964, while undergoing conversion for Naval service.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 103876
    Mike Green
    Belmont 192k USS Belmont (AGTR-4) under way circa mid-1960s.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command, Photo # NH 103875
    Mike Green
    Belmont 89k USS Belmont (AGTR-4) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Belmont 66k USS Belmont (AGTR-4) at Recife, Brazil in 1967
    Photo by Tom Callahan, CW4 USA Ret.
    Dennis Clouse
    Belmont 35k USS Belmont (AGTR-4) under way, date and location unknown. From collection of Frank Guilfoy
    via USS Oxford (AG-159/AGTR-1)
    Web Site

    USS Belmont (AGTR-4)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Commanding Officers
    01CDR. Henderson, Jerome Edward, USN (USNA 1946)2 November 1964 - 3 January 1966
    02CDR. Scappini, Mimo Louis, USN3 January 1966 - 14 November 1967
    03CDR. Beatty, Lloyd David, USN14 November 1967 - 26 May 1969
    04CDR. McAnulty, David John, USN26 May 1969 - 16 January 1970
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Data Base
    USS Belmont (AGTR-4)
    US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association
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