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USS PLAINVIEW (AGEH-1) - a Plainview class hydrofoil

In Commission 1969 to 1978

AGEH-1 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1964 - Keel Date: 8 MAY 1964
at Lockheed Shipbuilding & Construction Co. Seattle WA
JUN 1965 - Launch Date: 28 JUN 1965
MAR 1969 - Commissioned: 3 MAR 1969
SEP 1978 - Decommissioned: 22 SEP 1978

AGEH-1 General Specifications

Complement: 20 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 310 tons

Length: 220 feet 6 inches

Beam: 40 feet 5 inches

Draft: 24 feet 4 in

Flank Speed: 40 knots


Plainview (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.

Plainview 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 Bremerton, Wash.

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]