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U.S.S. TACONIC

(AGC-17)

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USS TACONIC (AGC-17 ) - an Adirondack-class command ship

In Commission 1945 to 1969

AGC-17 Deployments - Major Events

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Month Year to Month Year Deployment / Event
DEC1944-Keel Date: 19 DEC 1944
at North Carolina Shipbuilding Company Wilmington NC
JAN1945-Commissioned: 16 JAN 1945
FEB1945-Launch Date: 10 FEB 1945
FEB1947-MAR1947Caribbean
OCT1947-NOV1947OPERATION SEMINOLE
JUN1951-JUN1951Was the Flagship in the movie “ The Frogmen “
APR1952-SEP1952OPERATION BLUE JAY THULE GREENLAND
APR1952-SEP1952Blue Nose - Arctic Circle
MAR1953-MAR1953Golden Shellback Intiation
JAN1956-JAN1956Mediterranean
JAN1956-JAN1958Mediterranean-Lebanon
APR1958-OCT1958Mediterranean-Lebanon
APR1958-OCT1958Mediterranean-Lebanon
MAY1958-OCT1958Mediterranean-Lebanon
JUL1958-JUN1961Mediterranean
JUL1959-JAN1960Mediterranean
AUG1959-DEC1959Mediterranean-Indian Ocean-Persian Gulf
OCT1960-MAY1961Mediterranean
JAN1962-AUG1962Mediterranean
SEP1962-JAN1963Philadelphia Naval Shipyard Philadelphia Pennsylvania
SEP1962-JAN1963Dry Dock
OCT1962-DEC1962Cuban Missle Blockade
JAN1963-MAY1963Caribbean
APR1963-MAY1963Take Vice Admiral Horacio Rivero USN & Staff to Puerto Rico
APR1963-MAY1963San Juan Puerto Rico
APR1963-MAY1963Guantanamo Bay
APR1963-APR1963Bermuda B.W.I.
MAY1963-MAY1963Haitian Patrol
AUG1963-DEC1963Mediterranean
JUN1966-AUG1966Dry Dock
FEB1967-OCT1968Regular Overhaul
APR1968-JUN1968Mediterranean
MAY1968-JUL1968Caribbean
JUN1969-AUG1969Guantanamo Bay
JUN1969-AUG1969Guantanamo Bay
DEC1969-Decommissioned: 17 DEC 1969

AGC-17 General Specifications

Class: Adirondack-class command ship

Complement: 633 Officers and Enlisted

Displacement: 7240 tons

Length: 459 feet 2 inches

Beam: 63 feet

Draft: 24 feet

Final Disposition: Sold for scrap 6 April 1982



USS TACONIC (AGC-17)



Taconic was laid down under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1710) at Wilmington, N.C., on 19 December 1944 by the North Carolina Shipbuilding Co.; launched on 10 February 1945; sponsored by Mrs. O. W. Turner; acquired by the Navy on 6 March 1945; converted to an amphibious force flagship at the Atlantic Basin Iron Works in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and commissioned there on 16 January 1945, Capt. C. G. Christie in command.

Upon commissioning, Taconic began a long tour of duty with the Atlantic Fleet. She served alternately as flagship of the Atlantic Fleet Amphibious Force and of Amphibious Groups 2 and 4. Between June 1946 and June 1949, she participated in CAMID I, II. and III, amphibious warfare exercises conducted in the Chesapeake Bay area and encompassing joint training for Military Academy cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen. Each spring, the amphibious force flagship joined the Atlantic Fleet maneuvers carried out in the Caribbean area

In June 1949, following a yard overhaul at Norfolk, Va., she took part in Operation "Diaper," the transportation of Navy men and their dependents from the Canal Zone to Norfolk.

Taconic remained in active service for 20 more years. During that entire period of time, she retained Norfolk as her home port. She participated in numerous exercises both with the 2d and 6th Fleets, and with units of NATO nations. The amphibious force flagship was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea on eight different occasions in those two decades; and, in the summer of 1985 she served as flagship of the Commander, Middle East Force, during the Lebanon landings. In November 1959, she served as communication and support ship to President Eisenhower during the Pakistan-Afghanistan-India leg of his visit to a number of European and Asian countries. When not deployed with the 6th Fleet, she operated with the 2d Fleet in the western Atlantic and in the Caribbean. The bulk of those operations consisted of exercises; but, on one occasion in March 1957, she carried President Eisenhower's limousines to Bermuda for his meeting with British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan. In January 1963, Taconic patrolled the Haitian coast during political unrest in that country. She returned to the Caribbean area for special duty again in May and June of 1965 during similar troubles in the Dominican Republic. In January 1969, at the beginning of her last year of service, Taconic was redesignated LCC-17. After 12 months of operations and preparations for decommissioning, the amphibious force flagship was placed out of commission, in reserve, on 17 December 1969 at Norfolk, Va. She was berthed with the National Defense Reserve Fleet at its James River, Va., berthing area and remained there into October 1979.

[Note: The above USS TACONIC (AGC-17) history may, or may not, contain text provided by crew members of the USS TACONIC (AGC-17), or by other non-crew members, and text from the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships]