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NAVOCEANO The Oceanographic Office and her Vessels AGS AGOR AGOS

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Another catch-all topic for Oceanographic Units and related commands and vessels. Feel free to post your examples.


The U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office traces it's lineage through the U.S. Naval Observatory & Hydrographic Office, to the Hydrographers Office, to the U.S. Exploring Expedition and ultimately to the Depot of Charts and Instruments established in 1830. It is currently known as NAVOCEANO which also controls the Fleet Survey Team (FST) and the Naval Ice Center (NAVICE)


To fulfill it's varied duties and functions, the Oceanographic Office has controlled it's own fleet of vessels, past and present, which have primarily been comprised of AGS classes of ships.


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Nice patches , saw those also. Interesting history.




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Her sister ship, USNS MICHELSON (T-AGS-23) another converted Victory Ship, she was in USNS service from 1958 to 1975



5" round Japanese made


Note: USNOD TWO was on their sister ship, USNS DUTTON (T-AGS-22)




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Found the rest of my stash.....put on your tinfoil hat for this one.....


Original Project Magnet patch U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office 1953




The U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office has confirmed the existence of Project Magnet, an “Airborne Geomagnetic Survey,” as an unclassified project allegedly not related to UFO investigation. In the previous edition of the UFO Investigator (Vol. l1 No.9) NICAP reported a link between this project and the Canadian government project of the same name, which was an avowed attempt to obtain scientific data on UFOs. Personnel of one of the U.S. project aircraft, a specially equipped Constellation, had admitted to Advisor Robert C. Beck that the two projects were “closely related.” Mr. Beck was told that they were searching out magnetic anomalies, - disruptions of the earth’s magnetic field,-emanating from above the earth.
In a letter to a NICAP member dated November 21, 1963, Cmdr. P.B. Everson, U.S.N., gave the following information:
Project Magnet was initiated in 1951.
Currently there are two aircraft employed in the Project Magnet operations, one C-121 and one C-54 type aircraft.” (The C-121 presumably in the last issue).
The project is under the technical control and direction of the Navy Oceanographic Office.
The purpose is to gather data over the ocean areas for charts showing magnetic intensities and variations.
The project is authorized “on a permanent and continuing basis” by OPVAV (Navy Regulation) 3160.3B.
The average budget for the past three years has been $114,000 per fiscal year, including aircraft operation.
A brochure prepared by the Oceanographic Office makes no mention of UFOs, magnetic anomalies from above the earth, or the Canadian project. NICAP will continue to seek addition information about a possible tie-in with unpublicized UFO investigations by the Navy.

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Cool patches.I like the "Project Magnet" piece the best.Thanks for sharing them.

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Sunward I've climbed and joined the tumbling mirth

Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things

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High in the sunlit silence. Hovering there

I've chased the shouting wind along and flung

My eager craft through footless halls of air.

Up, up the long delirious, burning blue

I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace,

where never lark, or even eagle flew;

and while, with silent, lifting mind I've trod

The high untrespassed sanctity of space,

Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.


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....and this one



Stalwart Class Ocean Surveillance Ship - Stalwart class ships were originally designed to collect underwater acoustical data in support of Cold war anti-submarine warfare operations in the 1980's


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Reposting this one for continuity (and I found the pre-1966 Det 1 rocker)




USNS Bowditch T-AGS-21 was operated by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) for the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office in the Ocean Survey Program (OSP) under direction of the U.S. Navy Office of Special Projects in support of the U.S. Navy Fleet Ballistic Missile Program. Three ships were converted for this purpose: Bowditch, and identical sister ships Dutton and Michelson.
Attached aboard Bowditch was a US Navy Oceanographic Detachment, upgraded ca. May 1966 to an Oceanographic Unit, of approximately 3 officers and 22 enlisted personnel, mostly technicians. Varying numbers of civilian scientists and engineers managed survey operations, and maintained certain navigation and sonar equipment, usually about 12 oceanographers from the Naval Oceanographic Office, some personnel from the Naval Applied Sciences Laboratory, and about 7 technical representatives from private corporations.




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