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USS Liberty (AGTR 5) on 2 October 1966.
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Class: BELMONT (AGTR 4)
Design: SCB Project No. 192B, conversion of MC VC2-S-AP3
Displacement (tons): 7,190 light, 10,680 full
Dimensions (feet): 455' oa, 444' wl x 62' e/wl x 24'
Armament: none; (4: 1969) 4-20mmT
Accommodations: 20 officers, 20 CPOs, 297 enlisted (designed)
Speed (kts.): 17
Propulsion (HP): 8,500
Machinery: Geared steam turbines, 2 boilers (465psi/750deg), 1 screw

Construction:
AGTRNameAcqBuilderKeelLaunchComm
4BELMONT7 Feb 1963Oregon SB25 Jan 194425 Mar 19442 Nov 1964
5LIBERTY25 Mar 1963Oregon SB23 Feb 19456 Apr 194530 Dec 1964

Disposition:
AGTRNameTDecommStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
4BELMONT16 Jan 197016 Jan 197024[4] Jun 1970MA/S--
5LIBERTY28 Jun 19681 Jun 197023 Nov 1970MA/S--

Class Notes:
On 11 October 1962 the director of the Navy's Ships Material Readiness Division wrote to MARAD that, following the selection of two Victory ships earlier in the year that became AGM 8 and AK 279, the Navy now had a requirement for two additional Victory ships for conversion to Technical Research Ships. Once again the Navy requested two ships be reserved on each coast, SIMMONS VICTORY and IRAN VICTORY on the West Coast and BINGHAMTON VICTORY and FURMAN VICTORY on the East Coast, the final choice to be based on the choice of contractor. The West Coast ships were ultimtely selected, although FURMAN VICTORY on the East Coast soon became AK 280. The characteristics for AGTR 2-3 (SCB No. 192A) generally applied to these ships and were used in early design work, although unlike in AGTR 2-3 the installation of passive roll-stabilization tanks was feasible of accomplishment during their conversion and this feature had been included in the contract plans and specifications. Increased deck area for communications facilities and Research Operations had also been included in the contract plans, made possible by the relatively large basic hull and available weight and stability margins. Approved characteristics for a Technical Research Ship (AGTR), SCB Project No. 192B (FY 1963), were promulgated on 5 July 1963 with a single change on 24 February 1964. On 8 June 1963 the classifications and names IRAN VICTORY (MCV 94) and SIMMONS VICTORY (MCV 182) were changed to BELMONT (AG 167) and LIBERTY (AG 168) for the two technical research ships then undergoing conversion.

Ship Notes:
AGTRNameMANotes
4BELMONT94FY 1963. (ex-AG 167 1 Apr 1964) (ex-IRAN VICTORY, compl. 23 Apr 1944). Converted by the Willamette Iron and SB Co., Portland, Ore. Returned to MA and sold by them at Portsmouth, Va.
5LIBERTY182FY 1963. (ex-AG 168 1 Apr 1964) (ex-SIMMONS VICTORY, compl. 4 May 1945). Converted by the Willamette Iron and SB Co., Portland, Ore. Attacked by Israeli aircraft and MTBs off Sinai 8 June 1967 during the Six-Day War. Hull repaired at Malta, returned to the US 29 Jul 1967, began deactivation 4 Mar 1968. To buyer 17 Dec 1970.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 19 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR/garbled