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USS Georgetown (AGTR-2)
USS Georgetown (AG-165) (1963 - 1964)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Juliet - Charlie - November
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Oxford Class Technical Research Ship:
  • Laid down as SS Robert W. Hart, a Maritime Commission type (Z-EC2-S-C5) hull, under Maritime Commission contract (MCE hull 3125) at New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, ME.
  • Launched, 10 July 1945
  • Completed, and turned over to Agwilines, New York, N.Y. under a General Agency Agreement from the WSA
  • Returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., December 1946
  • Chartered, 31 January 1947, by Waterman Steamship Co., New Orleans, LA.
  • Returned to the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Lee Hall, VA, 29 October 1947
  • Acquired by the Navy, 10 August 1962
  • Converted to a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, (Technical Research Ship), at Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock, Co., Newport News, VA.
  • Commissioned USS Georgetown, (AG-165), 9 November 1963, at Norfolk, VA., CDR. W. A. Gleason in command
  • Redesignated Technical Research Ship (AGTR-2), 1 April 1964
  • Decommissioned and struck from the Naval Register, 19 December 1969
  • Returned to the Maritime Administration, 24 June 1970, at the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River Group, Lee Hall, VA.
  • Final Disposition, sold for scrapping, 24 July 1970, to N. V. Intershitra, Netherlands, for $185,001, scrapped in 1971
    Displacement 8,345 t.(lt) 11,375 t.(fl)
    Length 441' 6"
    Beam 59'
    Draft 22'
    Speed 11 Kts.
    Complement 16 officers and 278 enlisted
    Armament four .50 cal machine guns
    two 220 PSI boilers
    one three-cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine
    single 4 blade, 18' 6" propeller, 2,500shp
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    Merchant Service
    USA Waterman SS Co.

    Georgetown 190k How SS Robert W. Hart on charter to the Waterman Steam Ship Corp., at anchor in 1947, location unknown.
    © World Ship Society
    Gerhard Mueller-Debus
    USS Georgetown (AGTR-2)
    Georgetown 82k How USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) got her name. Bill Gonyo
    Georgetown 177k USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Dennis Clouse
    Georgetown 135k USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) underway, date and location unknown. Tom Callahan via Dennis Clouse
    Georgetown 41k USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) underway, date and location unknown. From the collection of Frank Guilfoy
    via USS Oxford (AG-159/AGTR-1)
    web site
    Georgetown 80k USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Georgetown 263k USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) moored pierside under the hammerhead crane at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth, VA. in October 1966 with USS La Salle (LPD-3) moored astern.
    Photo from the Robert J. Gillespie, collection.
    William L. Baxter
    Georgetown 146k USS Georgetown (AGTR-2) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from the 1967-68 edition of "Jane's Fighting Ships"
    Robert Hurst

    USS Georgetown (AGTR-2)
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    Commanding Officers
    1CDR. Gleason, Wesley Anthony9 September 1963 - 26 October 1964
    2CDR. Mullahy Jr., George Henry26 October 1964 - 24 December 1965
    3CDR. Betts, Martin Burke24 December 1965 - 23 May 1967
    4CDR. Gebler, Gerard Paul23 May 1967 - 13 March 1969
    5CDR. Lockey, Richard Herman13 March 1969 - 19 December 1969
    Courtesy Bill Gonyo, Wolfgang Hechler and Ron Reeves

    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    Email Point of Contact - Jack Merrill
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    MARAD Vessel History Database
    United States Naval Security Group Activity / USS Georgetown AG-165 / AGTR-2
    US Naval Cryptologic Veterans Association
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