RV Pacific Escort I (T-AGOR-26)
|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|
|Out of service:||date unknown|
|Fate:||believed sold by the Navy|
|Type:||U.S. Army 377-A-class large tug|
|Propulsion:||two diesel engines, single shaft, 1,530shp|
|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.
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.
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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