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USS Palm Beach (AGER-3)
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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

NDGH
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
    Specifications:
    Displacement 550 t.
    Length 177'
    Beam 33'
    Draft 10'
    Speed 12 kts.
    Complement
    (AKL) 42
    (AGER) 83
    Armament
    (AKL) none
    (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)
    Palm Beach 70k USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) moored in the Mediterranean Sea, circa 1969 Paul Pierce, Courtesy Dennis Clouse
    Palm Beach 199k USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) underway, date and location unknown Jim Maxwell, Courtesy Dennis Clouse
    Palm Beach 55k 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)
    Web Site
    Dive Wreck MV Oro Verde
    Palm Beach 106k Ex-USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) as the SCUBA diving wreck ex-MV Oro Verde off the Cayman Island, date unknown R. Anderson

    USS Palm Beach (AGER-3)
    DANFS history entry located at the US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Commanding Officers
    01LCDR. Raper, Albert Douglas13 May 1967 - 14 August 1968
    02LCDR. Burson, Donald L.14 August 1968 - 1 December 1969
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

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

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    US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association
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