USNS Rose Knot (T-AGM-14)

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Name: USNS Rose Knot
Namesake: A name retained
Builder: Pennsylvania Shipyard Inc., Beaumont, Texas
Laid down: date unknown, as a type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2466
Completed: May 1945
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy in 1964
In service: circa 1958
Out of service: 1968
Struck: 9 October 1969
Fate: disposed of by MARAD, 28 June 1977, fate unknown
General characteristics
Type: missile range instrumentation ship
Tonnage: 3,366 tons
Tons burthen: 6,090 tons
Length: 338' 9"
Beam: 50' 4"
Draft: 17' 7"
Propulsion: diesel, single propeller
Speed: 11.5 knots
Endurance: 30 days at sea
Complement: unknown
Sensors and
processing systems:
Armament: none

USNS Rose Knot (T-AGM-14) was a missile range instrumentation ship which operated as USAFS Rose Knot on the U.S. Air Force’s Eastern Test Range during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rose Knot operated under an Air Force contract with Pan American Airways Guided Missile Range Division headquartered in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Rose Knot, 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.

Rose Knot functioned as a telemetry station located off the coast of Africa at 5N 10W for Mercury Atlas 6, the mission in which John Glenn became the first American to orbit earth.

Rose Knot operated in the intercontinental ballistic missile re-entry area near Ascension Island, and was home-ported out of Recife, Brazil.

Acquisition by the Navy

Rose Knot was acquired from the U.S. Air Force by the U.S. Navy in 1964.

Operational data

Operational data while on U.S. Navy service on this vessel is lacking at DANFS.


Rose Knot was struck from the Navy list 9 October 1969, and was disposed of by MARAD on 28 June 1977.

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