USNS Sands (T-AGOR-6)
USNS Sands pierside, outboard of USNS Lynch (T-AGOR-7)
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Rear Admiral Benjamin F. Sands and his son Rear Admiral James H. Sands|
|Builder:||Marietta Manufacturing. Company, Point Pleasant, West Virginia|
|Laid down:||23 August 1962|
|Launched:||14 September 1963|
|Sponsored by:||Miss Priscilla G. Sands|
|Acquired:||by the Navy, 2 February 1965|
|In service:||2 February 1965 as USNS Sands (T-AGOR-6)|
|Out of service:||1973|
|Fate:||transferred to Brazil, 5 December 1990|
|Name:||Almirante Camara (H41)|
|Acquired:||5 December 1990|
|Type:||Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship|
|Tons burthen:||1,370 tons|
|Propulsion:||diesel-electric, single propeller, 2,500shp, retractable azimuth-compensating bow thruster|
|Complement:||23 civilian mariners, 38 scientists|
USS Sands (T-AGOR-6) a Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship that served the U.S. Navy from 1965 to 1973. During that period she provided valuable ocean-bottom information and underwater test data to the U.S. Navy and other U.S. agencies.
Built at Point Pleasant, West Virginia
The second ship to be so named by the Navy, Sands (AGOR-6) was laid down on 23 August 1962 by the Marietta Manufacturing Co., Point Pleasant, West Virginia; launched on 14 September 1963; sponsored by Miss Priscilla G. Sands; and accepted by the Navy and placed in service under Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) control on 2 February 1965, Capt. George W. Fladerer, Master.
Inactivation and transfer to Brazil
In 1973, Sands was placed out of service. She was struck from the Navy list on an unknown date, and, on 5 December 1990, she was transferred to Brazil and was renamed Almirante Camara (H-41).
- This article includes text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - T-AGOR-6 Sands