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|USNS Sword Knot (TAGM-13) anchored at Mombasa, Kenya, 17 March 1967. Sword Knot was especially fitted out for gathering Telemetry Data on Project
Surveyor (the landing of an instrument package on the moon).
QSL card from J. M. Alexander, W4PUY/MM, aboard USNS Sword Knot Flicker
|USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13) moored pierside at Trinidad, circa 1966. Photo source - C.P. Wirth.
|USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13) moored at Lourenco Marques (now Maputo) Mozambique, 24 December 1967.
|USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13) and USNS Coastal Crusader (T-AGM-16) moored at San Pedro, CA., circa 1968-69, where both ships were being refitted. Note the new structures forward of the bridge which were added for service on the Western Test Range. Both ships were based at Port Hueneme, CA.
|USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13) in port at San Pedro for evaporator repairs, date unknown.
|USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13) moored pierside, date and location unknown.
|Series of photos shot aboard USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13).
Sword Knot was a operated by the Military Sea Transportation Service, MSTS, for the US Air Force as part of the Western Test Range. Federal Electric Corporation (FEC), a division of ITT, maintained and operated the telemetry receiving and recording equipment used to capture radio signals from rockets /satellites as they were in the insertion to orbit stage after launch from Vandenberg AFB. For this Sword Knot sailed from it's home port at Point Hueneme, CA south to a few degrees above the equator and then returned to port with a few minutes of data from the missile stored on tape. In the early 70's specially equipped aircraft (Air Force C-135's called ARIA aircraft) began doing this same mission far more quickly and cheaply.
|Text and photos by Dave Allis
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