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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
Speed (kts.): 17
Propulsion (HP): 6,000
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (450psi/750deg), 1 screw
|178||FLYER||9 Feb 1965||Moore DD, Oakland||30 Oct 1944||20 Dec 1944||9 Feb 1965|
|178||FLYER||T||1975||17 Jul 1975||27 Apr 1976||MA/S|
SS WATER WITCH, a Maritime Commission non-refrigerated C2-S-B1 freighter entered merchant service on 14 March 1945. She was renamed AMERICAN FLYER on 27 December 1946 after passing to the U.S. Lines Co. and sailed for them until being placed in the James River Reserve Fleet on 14 December 1964. Less than two months later on 9 February 1965 AMERICAN FLYER was withdrawn from the reserve fleet and transferred to MSTS, and on 22 March 1965 SECNAV assigned the name and classification FLYER (T-AG 178) to the ship. She was used as a deep ocean bathymetric survey ship to survey and map the sea bottom in support of Project CAESAR, the installation of the Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS). She initially operated in North Atlantic waters with USNS ALBERT J MYER (T-ARC 6) under the administrative control of COMSTS Atlantic Area. In late 1966 she was overhauled at Tampa Ship Repair, Tampa, Fla., and then transferred on 1 February 1967 to COMSTS Pacific Area to continue work for Project Caesar there.
On 1 April 1975 the Naval Electronic Systems Command (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. At the same time 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 from that ship in July 1975.
|178||FLYER||1209||(ex AMERICAN FLYER, ex WATER WITCH 1946, compl. 14 Mar 1945). FY 1965. On list 1 Mar 1965. To MA custody 22 Jul 1975.|
Compiled: 18 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021