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USNS Kingsport (T-AG 164) on 25 January 1963.
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Class: KINGSPORT (T-AG 164)
Design: MC VC2-S-AP3
Displacement (tons): #,###
Dimensions (feet): ###.#' x ##.#' x ##.#'
Original armament: 4-5"/38
Later armaments: (19xx) 4-20mm
Complement: ###
Speed (kts.): ##.#
Propulsion (HP): #,###
Machinery: turbines, # screw

Construction:
AGNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
164KINGSPORT14 Nov 1961California SB4 Apr 194429 May 1944--

Disposition:
AGNameTOOSStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
164KINGSPORTT22 Nov 198331 Jan 198423 Sep 1991MA/T30 Oct 1991

Class Notes:
[some from photo caption] KINGSPORT VICTORY (AK 239) was converted to a communications terminal by the Navy's Bureau of Ships for use by the U.S. Army Satellite Communications Agency of the Defense Satellite Communications Program (project ADVENT). The first phase of the conversion, at Willamette, was completed in January 1962 and the second phase began at NSY Philadelphia in April 1962. Following completion of all phases of her conversion, KINGSPORT was recommissioned on 8 December 1962. External features of KINGSPORT included her helicopter platfoerm and a 53-foot air-inflated radome to house antennas for ship-to-shore communications and a multi-element antenna for satellite command.

Ship Notes:
AGNameMANotes
164KINGSPORT20Completed 12 Jul 1944. Ex KINGSPORT VICTORY (AK 239). Converted to AG at Willamette as support ship for Project ADVENT satellite communications programs. Renamed KINGSPORT and reclassified T-AG 164 on 14 November 1951. In 1966 became hydrographic research ship supporting undersea surveillance programs. To MA custody 29 Aug 1984. To MSC for scientific research 1 Mar 1990 [VSC]. Also stk. 20 Aug 1990 [the 1984 strike is not checked]. Transferred to Kings Point 30 Oct 1991 as a scrap donation under the Merchant Mariner Memorial Act of 1990. Departed JRRF 21 Jan 1992 to BU.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 18 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR, VSC