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NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
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Palm Beach (AGER-3)
USS Palm Beach (AKL-45) (1966 - 1967)
US Army Small Freighter COL. Armond Peterson (FS 217) (1944 - 1956)
International Radio Call Sign:
November - Delta - Golf - Hotel
Camano Class Light Cargo Ship:
Laid down, date unknown, for the US Army as COL. Armond Peterson (FS 217) at Higgins Industries, Inc., New Orleans, LA.
Delivered to the US Army Transportation Service in December 1944
Acquired by the US Navy and designated Light Cargo Ship Palm Beach (AKL-45), 18 June 1966
Converted to a Banner Class Environmental Research Ship at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, WA.
Redesignated (AGER-3), 2 May 1967
Commissioned, USS Palm Beach (AGER-3), 13 May 1967, LCDR. Albert D. Raper in command
Decommissioned, and struck from the Naval Register, 1 December 1969
Sold in 1969-70 to Ralston Robertson, Bayou La Batre, AL.
Resold to a Panamanian Co., date unknown, renamed M/V Oro Verde
Eventually involved in drug smuggling, ran aground in Cayman Islands
Final Disposition, sunk by Cayman government to be used for scuba diving
Displacement 550 t.
Speed 12 kts.
(AGER) four .50 cal machine guns, replaced by two twin 20mm gun mounts prior to first deployment
Propulsion two 500hp GM Cleveland Division 6-278A 6-cyl V6 Diesel engines, twin screws
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|USS Palm Beach (AGER-3)
||USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) moored in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1969
||Paul Pierce, Courtesy Dennis Clouse
||USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) underway, date and location unknown
||Jim Maxwell, Courtesy Dennis Clouse
||USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) underway in Puget Sound, 13 September 1967
US Navy photo from DANFS.
|From collection of Frank Guilfoy
via USS Oxford (AG-159 / AGTR-1)
|Dive Wreck MV Oro Verde
||Ex-USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) as the SCUBA diving wreck ex-MV Oro Verde off the Cayman Island, date unknown
USS Palm Beach (AGER-3)
Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
|01||LCDR. Raper, Albert Douglas||13 May 1967 - 14 August 1968|
|02||LCDR. Burson, Donald L.||14 August 1968 - 1 December 1969|
|Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves
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