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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
Armament: 1-3"/50S
Accommodations: (est.) 105-117
Speed (kts.): 18
Propulsion (HP): 3,200
Machinery: Geared diesel electric, 2 screws

Construction:
AGNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchComm
176PEREGRINE1 Apr 1964Savannah Mach.24 Oct 194417 Feb 1945COM/SRV

Disposition:
AGNameTDecomm/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
176PEREGRINE31 Jan 19691 Feb 19696 Mar 1970Navy sale--

Class Notes:
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.

Ship Notes:
AGNameMANotes
176PEREGRINE(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.

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Compiled: 18 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021