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USS White Sands (AGDS 1) in August 1972 after releasing the bathyscaph Trieste II for a dive.
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Class: WHITE SANDS (AGDS 1)
Design: Navy ARD
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:
AGDSNameReclasBuilderKeelLaunchComm
1WHITE SANDS1 Aug 1973Pacific Bridge, Alameda CA20 Dec 1943ca Jan 1944COMM

Disposition:
AGDSNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
1WHITE SANDSDECOM1 Apr 197414 Aug 1974Navy sale

Class Notes:
Support ship for Trieste II (DSV 1). With the tug Apache which gave her mobility and the bathyscaphe, ARD 20 formed the Integral Operating Unit (IOU). WHITE SANDS was reclassified AGDS 1 (Auxiliary deep submergence support ship, originally vehicle) effective 1 Aug 1973 (promulgated 6 Sep 1973). She was soon replaced by POINT BARROW (AKD 1). [Sale 1 Sep 1974 PHS]

Ship Notes:
AGDSNameMANotes
1WHITE SANDS(ex ARD 20, compl. Mar 1944). Resold to Marine Power and Equipment of Seattle for use as building dock for SWOBs.

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