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Sands (AGOR 6) 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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USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7)

Fitting out at Marietta in the Ohio River in mid-1964 with her more advanced sister Sands (T-AGOR 6) outboard.

Photo No. BUSHIPS 168937, NAID 6930532
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-NN, negatives)

  USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7) fitting out
USNS Sands (T-AGOR 6)

Photographed on 18 August 1964, probably during trials in the Ohio River. She and Lynch (T-AGOR 7) were essentially repeats of the AGOR 3 class in which the front end of the stack was cut back, the equipment sheltered there having been moved.

Photo No. USN 1106546
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (MSC)

  USNS Sands (T-AGOR 6) on 18 August 1964
USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7)

Probably photographed in the Ohio River before her transfer to New Orleans in April 1965.

Photo No. BUSHIPS 170512, NAID 6930537
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-NN, negatives)

  USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7)
USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7)

Moored at Genoa, Italy, date unknown.

Photo No. None
Source: NavSource, photo by Carlo Martinelli

  USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7)
R/V Thomas G Thompson (AGOR 9)

Probably photographed in July 1965 by her builder during trials off Marinette, Wisc., by her builder, Marinette Marine Corp. The AGOR hull number was probably painted out after trials.

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

  R/V Thomas G Thompson (T-AGOR ) in July 1965
R/V Thomas G Thompson (AGOR 9)

An identification photo taken on 13 July 1965 during trials off Marinette, Wisc., by her builder, Marinette Marine Corp. The hull color was dark blue as in Thomas Washington, below.

Photo No. USN 1112440
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (L-file)

  R/V Thomas G Thompson (T-AGOR ) on 13 July 1965
R/V Thomas Washington (AGOR 10)

Photographed on 24 August 1965, probably by her builder during trials off Marinette, Wisc.

Photo No. USN 1112830 (grayscale version)
Source: library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb02399091 (UC San Diego Library)

  R/V Thomas Washington (AGOR ) on 24 August 1965
USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR 12)

At all stop in the Columbia River while on trials on 29 January 1969.

Photo No. BUSHIPS 180287, NAID 6930641
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-19-NN, negatives)

  USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR 12) on 29 January 1969
USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR 12)

Underway in San Francisco Bay after moving south from her builder's yard at Portland, Ore., for the installation of additional oceanographic gear. The photo was filed on 8 August 1969 after use in Sealift Magazine.

Photo No. None
Source: Shipscribe

  USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR 12) in 1969
USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR 13)

Probably photographed early in her career.

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

  USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR 13)
USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR 13)

Probably photographed early in her career.

Photo No. Unknown
Source: U.S. Naval History and Heritage Command (UA-283)

  USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR 13)
R/V Thomas G Thompson (AGOR 9)

Photographed from D/V Glomar Challenger in 1979 during a mid-ocean visit and personnel transfer during Leg 65 of the Deep Sea Drilling Project. The University of Washington oceanographic ship was working in the same general area as the drillship.

Photo No. None
Source: library.ucsd.edu/dc/object/bb28680924 (UC San Diego Library, SIO Deep Drilling Project Records, 1961-1987)

  R/V Thomas G Thompson (T-AGOR ) in 1979
USNS Lynch (T-AGOR 7)

Departing U.S. Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, on 9 October 1990 towing the Seagoing Platform for Acoustic Research (SPAR), which she tended for much of her career. When flooded down in the vertical position SPAR supported a hydrophone array down to a depth of 302 feet below the surface.

Photo No. DN-ST-90-11507
Source: U.S. National Archives (RG-330)

  USNS Lynch (T-AGOR ) on 9 October 1990
Chilean R/V Vidal Gormaz (ex AGOR 10)

The former R/V Thomas Washington in Chilean service between 1992 and 2010. She was renamed for the founder of the Chilean Hydrographic Office.

Photo No. None
Source: Wikimedia Commons

  Chilean Vidal Gormaz