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Richfield (T-AGM 4) Class: Photographs

These photographs were selected to show the original configuration of this class and major subsequent modifications. For more views see the former NHHC (now Hyperwar) Online Library of Selected Images and the NavSource Photo Archive.

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USAT Pvt Joe E Mann

In Army cargo service between 1946 and 1949. Her original name was Owensboro Victory.

Photo No. Army SC-30-182-7182-1-AH-50
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USAT Pvt Joe E Mann before 1950
USNS Pvt Joe E Mann (T-AK 253)

As an MSTS cargo ship in the 1950s. Note the addition of a tall but never used second gun position on the stern. She retains the original tub on the bow for a 3" gun and the circular platform over the stern that originally held a 5" gun.

Photo No. USN 1032001
Source: U.S. National Archives, RG-80-G

  USNS Pvt Joe E Mann (T-AK 253) in the 1950s
USNS Pvt Joe E Mann (T-AK 253)

Serving circa June 1960 as a telemetry ship for the Discoverer (cover name for the Corona photo-reconnaissance satellite) program with instrumentation operated by Lockheed Aircraft for the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS Pvt Joe E Mann (T-AK 253) circa June 1960
USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4)

Photographed on 14 August 1962 at Fort Mason, San Francisco, Calif. The only visible mission antenna is on the stump of the foremast, probably a quadruple helix telemetry antenna trained horizontally.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4) on 14 August 1962
USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4)

As above but with a second quadruple helix telemetry antenna on top of the second mast.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: Shipscribe

  USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4)
USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4)

Photographed on 2 July 1962 after another change in function, with the quadruple helix telemetry antennas removed, a small octagonal antenna, probably for acquisition, forward in place of the stump foremast, a square quadruple-element acquisition antenna on the hatch cover forward of the bridge, and a directional log periodic troposcatter communications antenna on top of the after mast.
Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4) on 2 July 1962
USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4)

Photo by the Pacific Missile Range dated September 1962 with the same antennas as in July 1962, above.

Photo No. NH 88078
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command

  USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4) circa September 1962
USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4)

Underway off Point Mugu, California on 4 October 1967 after a reconfiguration in mid-1966 at the Northwest Marine Iron Works, Swan Island, Portland, Ore., and at least one later refit. New antennas added in 1966 include a large Rantrac telemetry tracking primary antenna system on the hatch cover forward of the bridge, here trained vertically, and a tall lattice discage high frequency transmitting communications antenna on the stern. The changes after the 1966 refit include the addition of the antenna trained vertically on the stump of the second mast (replacing two smaller ones) and the removal of the big log periodic antenna aft.

Photo No. KN 16282
Source: Shipscribe

  USNS Richfield (T-AGM 4) on 4 October 1967