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.
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.
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.
 Atlantic Ocean operationsEquipped 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
|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|
|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
|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