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U.S.S. GEORGETOWN

(AGTR-2)

PROGRESS THROUGH RESEARCH

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USS GEORGETOWN (AGTR-2) - an Oxford-class technical research ship

In Commission 1963 to 1969

AGTR-2 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
MAY 1945 - Keel Date: 4 MAY 1945
at New England Shipbuilding Corporation South Portland ME
JUL 1945 - Launch Date: 10 JUL 1945
JAN 1963 - APR 1963 Caribbean
NOV 1963 - Commissioned: 9 NOV 1963
JAN 1964 - MAR 1964 Sea Trials
AUG 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 8 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1964 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1964 - Shellback Initiation - 4 AUG 1964 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1965 - JUN 1965 GITMO; Panama; Valparaiso Chile; Lima Peru; etc
JAN 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1965 - Pacific Ocean
AUG 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
AUG 1965 - Shellback Initiation - 11 AUG 1965 - Atlantic Ocean
JAN 1966 - Shellback Initiation - 27 JAN 1966 - Pacific Ocean
APR 1967 - Shellback Initiation - 24 APR 1967 - Pacific Ocean
NOV 1967 - MAR 1968 Guantanamo Bay
OCT 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 10 OCT 1968 - Pacific Ocean
OCT 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 20 OCT 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
OCT 1968 - Shellback Initiation - 20 OCT 1968 - Atlantic Ocean
FEB 1969 - Shellback Initiation - 22 FEB 1969 - Atlantic Ocean
DEC 1969 - Decommissioned: 19 DEC 1969

AGTR-2 General Specifications

Class: Oxford-class technical research ship

Complement: 213 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 8345 tons

Length: 441 feet 6 inches

Beam: 56 feet 11 inches

Draft: 22 feet 9 in

Final Disposition: Scrapped 1971



USS GEORGETOWN (AGTR-2)



Georgetown (AG-165), a converted "Liberty-type" cargo ship, was laid down as Robert W. Hart under Maritime Commission contract 4 May 1945 by New England Shipbuilding Corp., South Portland, Maine; launched 10 July 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Fred W. Woolsey; and delivered under General Agency Agreement from WSA to Agwilines, New York, N.Y., 2 August 1945.

Robert W. Hart sailed in merchant service until entering the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, N.C., in December 1946. She was chartered by Waterman Steamship Corp., Mobile, Ala., 31 January 1947 and operated under bareboat charter until 29 October when she entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Jamestown, Va. Acquired by the Navy 10 August 1962, she was taken to Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Va., for conversion to a technical research ship; renamed Georgetown (AG-165) 6 March 1963; and commissioned at Norfolk 9 November 1963, Comdr. W. A. Gleason in command.

Equipped with the latest communications and electromagnetic research installations, Georgetown sailed for shakedown at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 2' January 1964. She was reclassified AGTR-2 on 1 April 1964 and began her operational service 13 April. Assigned to Service Squadron 8, she operated in the Caribbean until June, then departed Norfolk 30 June on a 4-month deployment along the eastern coast of South America. After participating in electronic research programs, she returned to Norfolk 26 October.

Departing Norfolk 5 January 1965, Georgetown steamed via the Panama Canal to the Southeast Pacific for research operations off the coast of Chile. Before returning to Norfolk 14 May, she also operated in the Caribbean. Between 20 July and 13 October she again operated off the eastern coast of South America; and, after returning to Norfolk, she received new electronics equipment, including a Communications Moon Relay System. She departed Norfolk 14 December and resumed important research and test equipment operations in the Caribbean and equatorial Pacific. The year 1966 was a busy one for Georgetown. Besides an outstanding performance gathering valuable information about the ocean, she made two rescues at sea, transited the Panama Canal four times, passed through the eye of a hurricane, and won the Battle Efficiency "E."

At present Georgetown continues a long-standing Navy tradition of maintaining the highest standards in scientific research requirements.

[Note: The above USS GEORGETOWN (AGTR-2) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS GEORGETOWN (AGTR-2), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]