USNS Flyer (T-AG-178)

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Name: USNS Flyer
Builder: Moore Dry Dock Company, Oakland, California
Laid down: 30 October 1944
Launched: 20 December 1944
In service: 9 February 1965
Struck: 17 July 1975
Fate: Sold for scrapping, 27 April 1976
General characteristics
Displacement: 7,300 long tons (7,417 t) light
11,000 long tons (11,177 t) full
Length: 459 ft (140 m)
Beam: 63 ft (19 m)
Draft: 28 ft (8.5 m)
Propulsion: 2 boilers, steam turbine, single shaft, 6,000 shp (4,474 kW)
Armament: None

USNS Flyer (T-AG-178), was a type C2-S-B1 cargo ship of the United States Navy, built under Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1209) by the Moore Dry Dock Company of Oakland, California as SS Water Witch.

The keel was laid on 30 October 1944, and the ship launched on 20 December 1944, sponsored by Miss. Margaret Helen Finnel.

Service history

The ship served under United States Lines as SS American Flyer before being returned to the Maritime Administration.

The ship was acquired by the US Navy from the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and placed in service on 9 February 1965, with her new name assigned on 22 March 1965.

Acquired for "Project Caesar", the cover name of the installation of SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System)[1], she was converted for Naval service as a Miscellaneous Auxiliary, Bathymetric Survey ship. USNS Flyer[2] was operated by the Military Sea Transportation Service (MSTS) (current Military Sealift Command) for Project Caesar.

Flyer was struck from the Naval Vessel Register on 17 July 1975, and sold by MARAD for scrapping, 27 April 1976.


  1. | Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS) Site Awards History
  2. | IUSS/CAESAR Alumni Association - Caesar Fleet (Flyer photo)

External links

USNS Flyer (T-AG 178)