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Thanks Irish,

 

Here's another NAVOCEANO vessel

 

Class leader USNS VICTORIOUS (T-AGOS-19) In service since 1991. Manned by 19 civilian mariners under the control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and staffed with five sponsors assigned by the U.S. Navy to the Special Missions Program

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USNS MIZAR (T-AGOR-11) Eltanin class ice strengthened research ship in service 1958 to 1990

 

Mizar was built as a small ice-strengthened cargo ship of the Eltanin class on a Maritime Administration type (C1-ME2-13a) hull, by Avondale Marine Ways, Inc. from January 1957. She entered service on March 7, 1958 and served as part of the Military Sea Transportation Service, working around Canada and Greenland, with a single voyage to Antarctica in 1961.
In 1963 she was chosen for a major conversion. On April 15, 1964 she was reclassified AGOR-11, designed for deep oceanographic search and research and fitted with a deepsea probe, equipped with strobe lights, cameras, sonar, and magnetometer. She was then operated by the MSTS under the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington. Her major tasks were ocean floor study and service as a floating base for underwater acoustic, chemical, and biological research.
She was assigned to Military Sealift Command Pacific in 1975 and underwent another major modification in 1980.
Mizar took part in the search operations for USS Thresher (SSN-593), the Palomares Incident in which nuclear weapons were lost off Palomares, Spain, and the extended search for USS Scorpion (SSN-589) - which was found in October, 1968. She has also taken part in searches for foreign wrecks, including Eurydice and Soviet submarines including K-129.

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USS TANNER (AGS-15) Survey Ship In service 1945 to 1969 - The first of two Survey ships named in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zera_Luther_Tanner The other being USNS TANNER (T-AGS-40)

 

Patch circa mid 1950's - Pamina was renamed Tanner in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner. After sea trials during November and December, Tanner conducted hydrographic survey operations off the east coast of Mexico. She continued similar activities in the same area, off Labrador, off Trinidad and off Venezuela for the next four years. In January 1951, she began survey work in the Bahamas in connection with a guided missile testing range, work which she continued with only occasional missions elsewhere until the summer of 1952. At that time she returned northward and after a period in New York Naval Shipyard proceeded to northwest Greenland for extensive priority survey work. She concluded the season with a survey of a small island in the Canadian Arctic where a harbor was named "Tanner Bay" in her honor. From 1954 to 1958, Tanner operated primarily off the southern coast of Turkey with 27,255 miles steamed during 139 days in the survey area in the spring and summer of 1956. Again in the Bahamas in 1959, she became part of the Persian Gulf Survey Unit later that year. After extensive work in the Near East, she conducted research in the Barents Sea in 1963, in the deep dive area off Norfolk in 1964, and in the northern Aegean Sea 15 November 1965 to 15 March 1966. Tanner deployed 19 October from Pearl Harbor for survey operations in the South China Sea off the Mekong Delta coast of South Vietnam. She returned to the coast of South Vietnam and to the Gulf of Thailand in 1967 and 1968.

Following survey operations in the Western Pacific early in 1969 and with long and distinguished service to her credit, Tanner began her decommissioning process 14 July. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 August and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.
Pamina/Tanner received one battle star for World War II service and two campaign stars for Vietnam service

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USNS BARTLETT (T-AGOR-13) Robert D. Conrad class oceanographic research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1969, in service until 1993

 

Bartlett was placed in service, but the record of her history is not summarized by Navy (i.e. Cold War snooper - You don't have a "need to know"). The ship is mentioned in oceanographic reports and literature. For example, the ship's use in planting two acoustic sources onto the top of Cobb Seamount between 25 and 30 July 1973 for an experiment is covered in a report of the Naval Research Laboratory. In 1990 the ship spent some time in the North West Atlantic Ocean according to a data set of temperature and salinity measurements collected using CTD/XBT. Bartlett was one of two AGOR ships, the other was De Steiguer (T-AGOR 12), assigned as pool vessels for west coast Naval laboratory use according to a 1970 report. Bartlett and De Steiguer were assigned to the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office for operations

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USNS DE STEIGUER (T-AGOR-12) Robert D Conrad Oceanographic Research Ship placed in service 1966

 

De Steiguer was a U.S. Navy oceanographic research ship assigned to support Naval laboratories. De Steiguer was one of two AGOR ships, the other was Bartlett (T-AGOR 13), assigned as pool vessels for west coast Naval laboratory use according to a 1970 report. Bartlett and De Steiguer were assigned to the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) for operations. De Stieguer was placed in service but the record of her history is not summarized by the Navy (i.e. Cold War snooper - You don't have a "need to know"). The ship is mentioned in oceanographic reports and literature

 

On 2 November 1992 De Steiguer was approved under the terms of the Security Assistance Program for a transfer to Tunisia, where she now serves the Tunisian Navy as Salammbo (A-701).

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USNS LYNCH (T-AGOR-7) Robert D. Conrad class Oceanographic Research ship in service 1965 to 1994. Science For Peace - Military Sealift Command. Built in West Virginia and delivered to the MSTS in 1965

 

Following MSTS acceptance, Lynch underwent shakedown training in the Gulf of Mexico. In November 1965 she proceeded to New London, Connecticut, to commence oceanographic research operations. The 15 scientists embarked, working with the latest oceanographic equipment, analyzed ocean currents, the effects of salinity and temperature on sonic transmission, and the effects of pressure on various materials.
In early 1966, AGOR-7 commenced research operations using the SPAR (Seagoing Platform for Acoustic Research) in the western Atlantic Ocean. The SPAR is 355 feet long and when partially flooded, acts as a buoy measuring and retransmitting acoustic data to the research ship.
Lynch continued research for the Naval Oceanographic Office, operating off the eastern seaboard from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to the Virgin Islands.

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SPAR (Seagoing Platform for Acoustic Research) ..... Research? Sssssh! We're hunting Commie Subs.....

 

In early 1966, USNS LYNCH (AGOR-7) commenced research operations using the SPAR (Seagoing Platform for Acoustic Research) in the western Atlantic Ocean. The SPAR is 355 feet long and when partially flooded, acts as a buoy measuring and retransmitting acoustic data to the research ship

 

Photo: Research ship USNS LYNCH (T-AGOR-7) departs U.S. Naval Station, Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, towing the Seagoing Platform for Acoustic Research (SPAR)

 

News Article: Don Talley's SPAR helped track Soviet subs http://www.clintoncountyleader.com/news/article_5076b03a-c586-11e7-93da-3bbd9c0426c4.html

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USS TANNER (AGS-15) Survey Ship In service 1945 to 1969 - The first of two Survey ships named in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zera_Luther_Tanner The other being USNS TANNER (T-AGS-40)

 

Patch circa mid 1950's - Pamina was renamed Tanner in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner. After sea trials during November and December, Tanner conducted hydrographic survey operations off the east coast of Mexico. She continued similar activities in the same area, off Labrador, off Trinidad and off Venezuela for the next four years. In January 1951, she began survey work in the Bahamas in connection with a guided missile testing range, work which she continued with only occasional missions elsewhere until the summer of 1952. At that time she returned northward and after a period in New York Naval Shipyard proceeded to northwest Greenland for extensive priority survey work. She concluded the season with a survey of a small island in the Canadian Arctic where a harbor was named "Tanner Bay" in her honor. From 1954 to 1958, Tanner operated primarily off the southern coast of Turkey with 27,255 miles steamed during 139 days in the survey area in the spring and summer of 1956. Again in the Bahamas in 1959, she became part of the Persian Gulf Survey Unit later that year. After extensive work in the Near East, she conducted research in the Barents Sea in 1963, in the deep dive area off Norfolk in 1964, and in the northern Aegean Sea 15 November 1965 to 15 March 1966. Tanner deployed 19 October from Pearl Harbor for survey operations in the South China Sea off the Mekong Delta coast of South Vietnam. She returned to the coast of South Vietnam and to the Gulf of Thailand in 1967 and 1968.

Following survey operations in the Western Pacific early in 1969 and with long and distinguished service to her credit, Tanner began her decommissioning process 14 July. She was struck from the Naval Vessel Register 1 August and transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal.
Pamina/Tanner received one battle star for World War II service and two campaign stars for Vietnam service

 

 

 

Different Version - KNOWLEDGE OF THE SEA - Vietnam mapping survey WESTPAC cruise 1960's

 

USS TANNER (AGS-15) Survey Ship In service 1945 to 1969 - The first of two Survey ships named in honor of U.S. Navy captain and oceanographer Zera Luther Tanner, The other being USNS TANNER (T-AGS-40)

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USS PURSUIT (AGS-17) Converted Auk class minesweeper (AM-108) In service from 1943-1960. PURSUIT earned 8 battle stars for World War II service (as AM-108)

 

Recommissioned 15 February 1950, Pursuit left Texas and proceeded off Labrador and Greenland as part of Hydrographic Survey Group 2. For the next three years she spent the winter survey season operating in the Caribbean, and the summer months in the northern latitudes off Labrador and Greenland. Reclassified AGS–17, 15 August 1951, Pursuit continued that employment schedule until mid-1954 when she set course for İskenderun, Turkey, 6 October, returning to Norfolk, Virginia, 23 March 1955. On 15 July she was underway for a survey and resupply mission along the Arctic "DEW Line". Having sounded previously uncharted waters both above and below the Arctic Circle, she returned to the east coast, at New York, 10 October.
During 1956, 1957, and 1958 Pursuit again conducted hydrographic and oceanographic surveys off the coast of Turkey. On her return she resumed surveys in the Caribbean. Reassigned to the Pacific in 1960, Pursuit departed New York on 15 February for Pearl Harbor, arriving 14 April. She operated in Hawaiian waters until May when she sailed for Long Beach, California. Mooring there 9 May, she began inactivation and decommissioned 30 June 1960. Her name was struck from the Navy List on 1 July 1960.

 

 

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Has anyone ever seen a DSV Alvin patch ?

 

 

 

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In Peace and War, US Merchant Marine. WARNING: Dangerous Cargo. No Visitors, No Smoking, No Open Lights.

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I've only seen the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution emblem used by the Alvin. The 'Alvin' patches I've seen were from their gift shop sold to visitors.

 

Thanks SS.

 

I have a Navy medal group to one of Alvin's pilots.

 

 

 

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In Peace and War, US Merchant Marine. WARNING: Dangerous Cargo. No Visitors, No Smoking, No Open Lights.

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