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USS Deer Island (YAG 62), date unknown but probably in the Bahamas while being operated by Litton in 1975-1982.
Note the navy insignia on the bridge representing her contract assignment and the name but no hull number on the bow. (Navsource)
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Design: Private
Displacement (tons): ca. 400t full load
Dimensions (feet): 120.1' oa, 112.9' x 27.75' x 6.75'
Armament: none
Accommodations: 20 civilian
Speed (kts.): 10.5
Propulsion (HP): 740
Machinery: 2 diesels, 2 screws

62DEER ISLAND15 Mar 1982Halter Marine, New Orleans--1966May 1982

YAGNameTInactStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale
62DEER ISLAND19956 Feb 19952 Aug 1996Sold--

Class Notes:
Built by Halter Marine, New Orleans, LA (yard number 129) as the oil field supply vessel MV DEER ISLAND (ON 503425) and delivered to Island Boats, Inc., New Orleans, LA, in 1966. Sold to Marine Acoustical Services, Inc., Miami, FL and renamed RV PAUL LANGEVIN II in 1970. Sold to Litton Systems, Inc, Biloxi, MS, and name reverted to RV DEER ISLAND in 1974. Acquired by the US Navy for service as an acoustic research ship in noise reduction trials and designated YAG 62 on 15 March 1983. Unlike MONOB ONE (YAG 61) she never had a name listed in the NVR but her unofficial insignia displays the name DEER ISLAND. She was utilized by the Naval Surface Warfare Center and its predecessors at the Andros, AUTEC (Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center), & TOTO (Tongue of the Ocean) ranges in the Bahamas for submarine research. Her insignia (see it HERE) shows her lowering a sensor from her bow with a submarine beneath her and an ASW surface ship in the distance. MONOB ONE was employed in similar underwater sound programs. Struck from the Naval Register on 6 February 1995 for foreign transfer and transferred through the Security Assistance Program (SAP) to Mexico on 2 August 1996. Initially renamed ARM RIO HONDO (A-26). Converted by Mexico to a survey ship, given new pennant H-08 1999. Later renamed ARM HONDO (BI-06) as survey vessel based at Coatzacoalcos.

Ship Notes:
62DEER ISLANDEx M/V DEER ISLAND, acquired for acoustic research. Active May 1982. Sold to Mexico 1996 as the Mexican Navy's RIO HONDO, later HONDO.

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Compiled: 11 Nov 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021