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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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Design: Global Marine Inc. and Sun SB
Displacement (tons): 21,000 light (well closed and dry), 63,300 (well closed and flooded)
Dimensions (feet): 618.7' x 115.7' x 46'
Armament: none
Accommodations: 178
Speed (kts.): 12 max
Propulsion (HP): 13,200
Machinery: Diesel electric, 2 screws

193GLOMAR EXPLORER30 Sep 1976Sun SB, ChesterKEEL4[14] Nov 1972No

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

Class Notes:
Deep sea mining ship named HUGHES GLOMAR EXPLORER with Global Marine Inc. listed as owner 24 Jul 1973. ABS 1977 showed Summa Corp (Hughes' company) as her registered owner under Global Marine, Inc. This was all cover for a clandestine CIA operation, Project Azorian, to salvage the Soviet Project 629 (Golf-class) diesel-powered ballistic missile submarine K 129 that sank in 16,500 feet depth in 1968. The salvage attempt took place in August 1974 but only the foremost 38 feet of the submarine were recovered. For full details on the project see Project AZORIAN, the CIA and the Raising of the K-129, by Norman Polmar and Michael White (Naval Institute Press, 2010).

Ship Notes:
193GLOMAR EXPLOREREx HUGHES GLOMAR EXPLORER, renamed 1978. Delivered Jul 1973. To MA custody 17 Jan 1977. Withdrawn by Navy for operation 2 Jun 1978, returned to NDRF for Navy retention 25 Apr 1980. 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 Loaned 2 Jul 1996 to Global Marine Drilling Co., Houston, TX, withdrawn from MA custody by the Navy 5 Nov 1996 for the lease.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