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USS Banner (AKL 26) on 18 July 1966 off Japan after conversion but before reclassification to AGER 1.
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Class: BANNER (AGER 1)
Design: Army Design 381 (176', steel)
Displacement (tons): 700 full
Dimensions (feet): 177' oa, 172' wl x 32' e x 8.5'
Armament: none; (AGER 1: 1969) 2-20mmT
Accommodations: 7 officers, 75 enlisted
Speed (kts.): 12
Propulsion (HP): 1,000
Machinery: Geared diesel, 2 screws

Construction:
AGERNameReclasBuilderContractCompletedComm/Svc
1BANNER1 Jun 1967Kewaunee SB/Engg30 Sep 194331 Jul 1944COMM/SVC
2PUEBLO1 Jun 1967Kewaunee SB/Engg30 Sep 1943ca Jul 194413 May 1967

Disposition:
AGERNameTDecomm/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
1BANNER14 Nov 196914 Nov 196925 May 1970Navy sale--
2PUEBLOIn comm. 2021 (Pacific)--23 Jan 1968Seized--

Class Notes:
In mid-June 1965 the general minimum characteristics for an Integrated Intelligence Ship for trawler-type surveillance operations were set at a length of around 175 feet, a 90-day endurance, a cruising range of 7,500nm, and a minimum cruising speed of 10kts. BUSHIPS then conducted a detailed investigation of suitable hull types and concluded that the standard large (167-foot) tuna boat hull was the most feasible hull for at least the next (3-ship) phase of the program. On 29 June 1965, however, the Navy chose BANNER (AKL 25) as the first vessel, to be modified only to the minimum required to perform her new mission. (BANNER had previously been employed on the Marianas Resupply mission.) The conversion work was done at NSY Bremerton. It was hoped that BANNER could deploy on the first test operation in October 1965.

On 27 December 1965 SECNAV asked the Secretary of the Army for the transfer of one FS hull, preferably from the West Coast area, to the Navy. The Army replied in January 1966 that the FS that SECNAV had specified was then supporting active training of a National Guard Unit in her area and was not available for transfer, but that FS 344, then in wet storage at Rio Vista, California, was available for immediate transfer on an "as-is where-is" basis and should meet the navy's requirement. The name PUEBLO was assigned to AKL 44 (ex FS 344) on 18 June 1966. On 2 May 1967 effective 1 Jun 1967 AKL 25 and AKL 44 were reclassified AGER 1 and AGER 2.

Ship Notes:
AGERNameMANotes
1BANNER(ex AKL 25, ex-FS 345, compl. 31 Jul 1944) Acquired as AKL 25 1 Jul 1950, ex Army CAPT WILLIAM W GALT. Reclassified AGER 1 on 2 May 1967 effective 1 Jun 1967. To buyer 22 Jun 1970.
2PUEBLO(ex-AKL 44, ex-FS 344, ex-FP 344). Acquired as AKL 44 12 Apr 1966, on list 18 Jun 1966 with AKL 45. Reclassified AGER 2 on 2 May 1967 effective 1 Jun 1967. Seized by North Korea on 23 Jan 1968. Still carried as "active in commission" in the NVR in 2021.

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