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Contributed by Mike Smolinski

Plainview (AGEH-1)

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

Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal

Plainview Class Hydrofoil Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 8 May 1964, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 28 June 1965
  • Delivered to the Navy, date unknown
  • Placed in service, as USS Plainview (AGEH-1), 3 March 1969
  • Placed out of service, 22 September 1978
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 30 September 1978
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping by the Defense Reutilization and Marketing Service (DRMS), 1 July 1979, to General Metals (now Schnitzer Metals) on the Hylebos waterway, Tacoma, WA.
    Displacement 310 t.
    Length 220' 6"
    Beam 40' 5"
    Draft 24' 4"
    Speed 40 kts.
    Complement 20
    Armament none
    two Diesel engines for conventional operations
    two gas turbine engines of 14,000 hp each for hydroplane operations

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    Plainview 96k Plainview (AGEH-1) as planned.
    Drawing by A.D. Baker from U.S. Small Combatants: An Illustrated Design History by Norman Friedman
    Robert Hurst
    Plainview 82k Plainview (AGEH-1) on the building ways, at Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, WA, circa 1966.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Plainview 38k Plainview (AGEH-1) in flight in Elliot Bay, Seattle, WA. The ship was returning from sea trials enroute back to the Lockheed Shipbuilding and Construction Company, Seattle, WA yard on the Duwamish waterway. circa late 1967 or 1968.
    US Navy photo.
    International Hydrofoil Society web page
    Plainview 37k Plainview (AGEH-1) with her foils raised at her moorings near Seattle, WA., circa 1966.
    US Navy photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Plainview 44k Plainview (AGEH-1) moored with hydrofoils retracted in Elliot Bay with downtown Seattle in the background, 1966. Larry Lee
    Plainview 80k Plainview (AGEH-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, July 1973.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Plainview 46k Plainview (AGEH-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Tommy Trampp
    PCH-1 98k Plainview (AGEH 1) (top) and High Point (PCH-1) (foreground) underway, date and location unknown.
    U.S. Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Plainview 34k The remains of ex-Plainview (AGEH-1) resting on a mud flat near Astoria Oregon, circa 2013. Keith S. Dale
    Plainview 64k
    Plainview 30k
    Plainview 49k
    Plainview 38k
    Plainview 64k

    Plainview Additional Ships Patches
    Contributed by Mike Smolinski
    Contributed by Allan W. Connelly, Plainview 1978

    Plainview (AGEH-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Officers in Charge
    01LT. Duich, Stephen James. (61)17 December 1969 - 9 July 1970
    02LT. Erickson, William John (65)9 July 1970 - July 1973
    03LT. Wollen, Edmund B.July 1973 - 1974
    04LT. Hudson Jr., Frank W.1974 - 1976
    05LT. Ackley, Vic H.1976 - 22 September 1978
    Courtesy Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    International Hydrofoil Society - A Brief History of Plainview (AGEH-1)
    International Hydrofoil Society - Plainview Updates
    USS Plainview on Facebook
    YouTube Video Documentary- US Navy Hydofoils
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