USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17)
|Name:||USNS Timber Hitch|
|Namesake:||A name retained|
|Builder:||Consolidated Steel Corporation, Ltd., Wilmington, California|
|Laid down:||date unknown, as a type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2466|
|Launched:||12 October 1944|
|Acquired:||by the U.S. Navy in 1964|
|In service:||c. 1958 as a missile tracker|
|Out of service:||date unknown|
|Struck:||9 October 1969|
|Fate:||disposed of by MARAD, 27 July 1977, fate unknown|
|Type:||missile range instrumentation ship|
|Tons burthen:||6,090 tons|
|Propulsion:||Diesel, single propeller|
|Endurance:||30 days at sea|
USNS Timber Hitch (T-AGM-17) was a U.S. Navy missile range instrumentation ship which earlier operated as the U.S. Air Force Ocean Range Vessel USAFS Timber Hitch (ORV-17) on the U.S. Air Force's Eastern Test Range during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Timber Hitch operated under an Air Force contract with Pan American Airways Guided Missile Range Division headquartered in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Timber Hitch, assigned to the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean area, provided the Air Force with metric data on intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
Timber Hitch was acquired from the U.S. Air Force by the U.S. Navy in 1964.
Operational data while on U.S. Navy service during post-1964 period on this vessel is lacking.
- Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
- List of ships of the United States Air Force
- Eastern Test Range
- Pan American Airways Guided Missile Range Division
- Missile Test Project
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