USS PLAINVIEW (AGEH-1)
(AGEH-1) was laid down 8 May 1964 by the Lockheed
Shipbuilding and Construction Co., Seattle, Wash.; launched 28 June 1965;
sponsored by Mrs. John T. Hayward; and placed in service 3 March 1969.
is the world's largest hydrofoil. She is powered by
two jet engines of the same type used in the F-4 Phantom aircraft, but during
conventional operations she is driven by two diesel engines. Her homeport is
The Navy's first hydrofoil research ship, Plainview carries out long range
experimental programs to evaluate the design principles of hydrofoils and to
develop and evaluate tactics and doctrine for hydrofoils, particularly in
antisubmarine warfare and is helping to determine the feasibility of hydrofoil
operations in high seas.
[Note: The above USS PLAINVIEW (AGEH-1) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS PLAINVIEW (AGEH-1), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]