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USNS Flyer (T-AG 178) possibly on 12 October 1971.
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Class: FLYER (T-AG 178)
Design: MC C2-S-B1
Displacement (tons): 7,360 light, 11,000 full
Dimensions (feet): 459' oa, 435' wl x 63' e/wl x 27' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 53
Speed (kts.): 17
Propulsion (HP): 6,000
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (450psi/750deg), 1 screw

Construction:
AGNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchSvc
178FLYER9 Feb 1965Moore DD, Oakland30 Oct 194420 Dec 19449 Feb 1965

Disposition:
AGNameTOOSStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
178FLYERT197517 Jul 197527 Apr 1976MA/S

Class Notes:
On 22 March 1965 SECNAV assigned the name and classification FLYER (T-AG 178) to SS AMERICAN FLYER, a C2-S-B1 type cargo ship. She was used as a deep ocean bathymetric survey ship supporting Project CAESAR, the installation of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS).

On 1 April 1975 the Naval Electronic Systems Command (NAVELEX) informed MSC that it had a firm requirement for USNS MIZAR (T-AGOR 11) and strongly desired to assume sponsorship of her as soon as possible after the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) completed removal of its equipment in July 1975. Also on 1 April 1975 NAVELEX informed MSC that after completion of removal of its equipment from FLYER it no longer had a requirement for that ship and recommended disposal as soon as possible.

Ship Notes:
AGNameMCNotes
178FLYER1209(ex AMERICAN FLYER, ex WATER WITCH 1946, compl. 14 Mar 1945). FY 1965. On list 1 Mar 1965. To MA custody 22 Jul 1975.

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