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USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1)
USNS Range Tracker (T-AG-160)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Lima - Oscar - Oscar
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Ranger Tracker Class Missile Range Instrumentation Ship:
  • Laid down, 6 April 1945, as SS Skidmore Victory, a Maritime Commission type (VC2-S-AP3) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCV hull 685) at Oregon Shipbuilding Corp., Portland, OR.
  • Delivered to Northland Transportation, 18 June 1945, later served American President Lines as SS President Buchanan
  • Delivered to the Maritime Commission (date unknown) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Acquired by the US Navy in the late 1950s and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC)
  • Converted to a Missile Range Instrumentation Ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding Corp., Pascagoula, MS.
  • Placed in service as Miscellaneous Unclassified USNS Range Tracker (T-AG-160), 12 July 1960
  • Redesignated Missile Range Instrumentation Ship (T-AGM-1), 27 November 1960
  • Placed out of service, 27 September 1969, at Port Hueneme. CA.
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration, 12 November 1969, for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA.
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 28 April 1970
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 10 July 1970, to American Ship Dismantlers, Inc.
    Displacement 4,512 t.(lt) 11,500t.(fl)
    Length 455' 3"
    Beam 62' 2"
    Draft 28' 6"
    Speed 15.5 kts.
    Armament none
    Complement 56
    Propulsion cross compound steam turbine, single screw, 8,500shp

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    USNS Range Tracker (T-AG-160)
    Range Tracker 251k Port quarter view of USNS Range Tracker (T-AG-160) underway, 4 May 1961, location unknown.
    US National Archives, Catalog No. USN 1054593
    Mike Green
    USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1)
    Range Tracker 31k USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1) underway, date and location unknown. Gunter Krebs
    Range Tracker 60k USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from "All Hands" magazine, January 1962
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Range Tracker 99k USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Range Tracker 267k USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1) underway, 7 June 1963, location unknown.
    US National Arch vies Photo # USN 1091935
    US Naval History and Heritage Command

    USNS Range Tracker (T-AGM-1)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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