USS Georgetown AGTR-2

USS Georgetown AGTR-2

Thursday, March 31, 2011

SS Robert Hart. The hull for the USS Georgetown AG 165 & AGTR2

USS Georgetown (AGTR-2/AG-165), was an Oxford-class technical research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy for the task of conducting research in the reception of electromagnetic propagations.
Georgetown was a converted "Liberty-type" cargo ship, was laid down as SS Robert W. Hart under a Maritime Commission contract on 4 May 1945 by New England Shipbuilding Corporation, South Portland, Maine; launched 10 July 1945; sponsored by Mrs. Fred W. Woolsey; and delivered under General Agency Agreement from War Shipping Administration (WSA) to Atlantic, Gulf & West Indies Lines, New York, 2 August 1945.



[edit] Merchant Navy service

Robert W. Hart sailed in merchant navy service until entering the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Wilmington, North Carolina, in December 1946. She was chartered by Waterman Steamship Corp., Mobile, Alabama, 31 January 1947 and operated under bareboat charter until 29 October when she entered the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Jamestown, Virginia.

[edit] U.S. Navy service

Acquired by the Navy on 10 August 1962, she was taken to Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock Co., Newport News, Virginia, for conversion to a technical research ship; renamed USS Georgetown (AG-165) on 6 March 1963; and commissioned at Norfolk, Virginia, 9 November 1963, Comdr. W. A. Gleason in command.

[edit] Atlantic Ocean operations

Equipped with the latest communications and electromagnetic research installations, Georgetown sailed for shakedown at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, on 21 January 1964. She was reclassified AGTR-2 on 1 April 1964 and began her operational service on 13 April. Assigned to Service

Name:USS Georgetown
Builder:New England Shipbuilding Corporation, South Portland, Maine
Laid down:4 May 1945, as SS Robert W. Hart
Launched:10 July 1945
Acquired:10 August 1962
Commissioned:9 November 1963
Decommissioned:19 December 1969
Renamed:USS Georgetown (AG-165), 6 March 1963
Reclassified:AGTR-2, 1 April 1964
Fate:Scrapped, 1971
General characteristics
Class and type:Oxford-class technical research ship
Displacement:8,345 long tons (8,479 t) light
11,365 long tons (11,547 t) full load
Length:441 ft 6 in (134.6 m)
Beam:56 ft 11 in (17.3 m)
Draft:22 ft 9 in (6.9 m)
Propulsion:2 × 220 PSI boilers
1 × 3-cylinder triple-expansion reciprocating engine, 2,500 shp (1,864 kW)
1 × 4-bladed 18 ft 6 in (5.6 m) propeller
1 shaft
Speed:11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Armament:4 × .50 caliber machine guns

USS Georgetown (AGTR-2/AG-165), was an Oxford-class technical research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy for the task of conducting

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day

Welcome Home Vietam Veterans Day
This coming Wednesday is Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans day. Find a celebration near you and let them know you love them. Do something nice for a veteran you know. They've waited long enough, and they deserve the best you've got! 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Cruise Book

I have been going through my Cruise Book of the Three Seas to South Africa, Atlantic p Caribbean Indian Deployment. So many old friends in there. RT friends Larry Smith,  Bruce Kerns, Jerry Peart, Bob McNair, Mike Ivy, Steve Pittman, John Dussel, Crazy Jack Schwab, Vinney Scala, Paul Neff Namu, Danny William. I worked for LCDR O'Dea when he took over the TBirds. So many of us so young. I can't forget the crazy R Branchers, David Lemmon, Frank Munger, Dan Forte, Charley my man Gorden, Mike Coppeck, Glen Martin. We can't forget the Mat Men, Crazy Otis, Al Peck, Bill Goff. Peters was the only O Branchers is really knew. Claude Johns in RA was a buddy.  I got to know a lot of the GenServe personal. Supply, Tosie, Nunley, Lencioni and Belton. Operations, Jimmy Alexender left before the crusie, R. French I got to know. Exec Dept, Bobby Pike. Then you get into the real Navy. The guys that ran the ship. R Division, I know K. Barley, IC3, Paul Willis. Along with Bruce Kerns we were in a car accident going to Kerns home. EN1 Whitfield was a navy man. I knew a few in M Div. Ledford, Jeffery and Blackwell. I knew quite a few Deck Div. A lot of them came on when I did and we worked together. Jeffers, Shoots, Easter, Enyart, Perry, Raines, Sheffield. I didn't get to know the Cap that well.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Guys, we have stories to tell. The American public has no idea what the services like the NSG, ASA, NSG and many other intellegence agencies of  the US military did to protect our country during the cold war. You don't have to go deep, just the good stories. All of us had our special time at ops when we did something to make a difference. Most poeple don't know that Johnny Cash was a ASA interceptor. I don't remember the story but he intercepted some very good skinny.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Fleet

The Fleet of the Navel Security Group Ships consisted of the AGTR USS Liberty, USS Georgetown, USS Oxford, USS Belmont, USS Jamestown. AGER USS Pueblo, USS Banner and USS Palm Beach. There were other platforms not disclosed. We were ships that were indespensable. If we were captured we were denied. We allowed the Pueblo to be captured. We allowed the Libeerty to be blown up by the Isreal. Communication Technicians were assigned to Aircraft Carriers, Destroyers, Cruisers and Subs. We went where we were told to and we proud to serve. We were the Silent Warriors. To all the Silent Warriors out there, share you stories of the Cold War.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

USS Georgetown AGTR-2

The USS Georgetown AGTR-2 served proudly as a Technical Research Ship(intelligence gathering ship) from1963 to 1969. Former crew members are invited to reminise about thier experiences aboard her.