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USS Peregrine (AG 176) on 9 May 1964.
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Class: PEREGRINE (AG 176)
Design: Navy AM 221ft
Displacement (tons): (est.) 890 light, 1,235 full
Dimensions (feet): 221' oa, 215' wl x 32' e/wl x 11' max nav
Accommodations: (est.) 105-117
Speed (kts.): 18
Propulsion (HP): 3,200
Machinery: Geared diesel electric, 2 screws
|176||PEREGRINE||1 Apr 1964||Savannah Mach.||24 Oct 1944||17 Feb 1945||COM/SRV|
|176||PEREGRINE||31 Jan 1969||1 Feb 1969||6 Mar 1970||Navy sale||--|
In 1949 while serving as a standard AUK-class fleet minesweeper PEREGRINE (AM 373) was temporarily fitted with a "ship stabilization system" based on one that had been experimentally fitted in the forward boiler room of HAMILTON (DD 141) in 1939. This "activated tank" system with a water tank attached outboard of each side amidships was tested at sea in August 1949 and then removed. The minesweeper was increasingly involved in special operations during the 1950s and escorted the technical research ship OXFORD (AG-159) on patrol off Havana, Cuba, during the Cuban Missile Crisis. In around 1962 she added an E prefix to her hull designation (EMSF 373) indicating her use for experimental purposes. During 1963 PEREGRINE was involved in a major mapping project from Bermuda to Argentia and Halifax, Nova Scotia. On 25 February 1964 her designation was changed again, this time to general auxiliary (AG-176), following which she engaged exclusively in classified oceanographic operations, special operations, and special project work. She shifted from the Atlantic to the Pacific in 1967.
|176||PEREGRINE||(completed 27 Sep 1945 as AM 373). To MSF 373 7 Feb 1955 and EMSF 373 in 1962. On 25 February 1964 effective 1 April 1964 PEREGRINE (EMSF 373) was reclassified AG 176.|
Compiled: 18 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021