USNS Sword Knot (T-AGM-13)

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Name: USNS Sword Knot
Namesake: A name retained
Builder: Consolidated Steel Corporation, Ltd., Wilmington, California
Laid down: date unknown, as a type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2466
Launched: 14 March 1945
Completed: May 1945
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy in 1964
In service: circa 1958
Out of service: date unknown
Fate: scrapped in 1973
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 Sword Knot (T-AGM-13) was a missile range instrumentation ship which operated as USAFS Sword Knot on the U.S. Air Force’s Eastern Test Range during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Sword Knot operated under an Air Force contract with Pan American Airways Guided Missile Range Division headquartered in Cocoa Beach, Florida.

Sword 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.

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

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