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USS Glomar Explorer (AG 193) laid up in Suisun Bay ca. 1977.
The tops of her towers have been cut off and laid on deck.
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Class: GLOMAR EXPLORER (AG 193)
Design: Private
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:
AGNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchComm/Svc
193GLOMAR EXPLORER30 Sep 1976Sun SB, ChesterKEEL14 Nov 1972COMM

Disposition:
AGNameTDecomm/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
193GLOMAR EXPLORERDECOM19 Nov 200726 Mar 2010Navy sale--

Class Notes:
Heavy lift ship built clandestinely by CIA to salvage Soviet Project 629 (Golf-class) ballistic missile submarine K-129 sunk in 16,500 feet depth in 1968. The salvage attempt took place in August 1974 but only a portion of the submarine was recovered. [PHS]

Ship Notes:
AGNameMANotes
193GLOMAR EXPLOREREx HUGHES GLOMAR EXPLORER, renamed 1978. Delivered Jul 1973, operated by Summa Corp. for the CIA's Project Azorian. To MA custody from 17 Jan 1977 to 1 Jun 1978 and from 25 Apr 1980 [Maroon]. In the SBRF as a Navy mobilization asset from Jul 1984. Loaned 2 Jul 1996 to Global Marine Drilling Co., Houston, TX, withdrawn from MA custody by the Navy 5 Nov 1996 for the lease. NVR shows struck 19 Nov 2007 and disposed of by Navy sale 26 Mar 2010.

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