RV Pacific Escort I (T-AGOR-26)

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Career (USA)
Name: RV Pacific Escort I
Builder: Levingston Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas
Laid down: date unknown
Completed: for the U.S. Army in 1944, commissioned LT-535, and in service from 1945 to 1984
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy in 1985
In service: 1985
Out of service: date unknown
Struck: date unknown
Fate: believed sold by the Navy
General characteristics
Type: U.S. Army 377-A-class large tug
Displacement: not known
Length: 143' 5"
Beam: 33'
Draft: 14'
Propulsion: two diesel engines, single shaft, 1,530shp
Speed: 11.5 knots
Complement: unknown
Armament: not known
Notes: photo of ship shown at reference site

RV Pacific Escort I (T-AGOR-26) – previously known as U.S. Army USAT LT-535 – was an Army tugboat acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1985 as an escort for submarines and as a for-hire oceanographic research ship at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard.

Service career

She had been in service with the U.S. Army since 1944 when she was commissioned as the LT-535, a U.S. Army 377-A-class large tug. She was placed in service with the U.S. Navy in 1985, performing her duties with the Navy until finally struck at an unknown date and disposed of.

Built in Orange, Texas

LT 535 was built by Levingston Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas, during 1943-1944. Her launch date is not known, but she was delivered to the Army during the first half of 1944 and commissioned as the LT-535.

U.S. Army career

Her World War II and subsequent career is not known other than she remained in service with the Army from 1945 to 1984.

U.S. Navy career

When acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1985, she was renamed Pacific Escort. Essentially a large tugboat-type vessel, she was placed into service as an escort for American submarines. She was based at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard, in California, and was available for lease to commercial interests as a general research ship.


Pacific Escort was struck from the Navy List at an unknown date and disposed of by the Navy. She is believed to be still in commercial service.

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