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E-AG-153 Compass Island
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Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Papa - Whiskey - Golf
Citations and Campaign Ribbons
Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Navy Expeditionary Medal (5-Cuba) - National Defense Service Medal - Armed
Forces Expeditionary Medal (Cuba)
Compass Island Class Miscellaneous
Auxiliary (Navigational Research) Ship:
Laid down as a Maritime Administration type (C4-S-1a) hull under
Maritime Commission contract, (MA 26) as SS Garden State Mariner
at New York Shipbuilding Corp, Camden, N.J.
Launched, 24 October 1953
Acquired by the Navy 29 March 1956
Commissioned USS Compass Island (E-AG-153), 3 December 1956, CDR.
J. A. Dare in command
Decommissioned, 1 May 1980
Transferred to MARAD for lay up in the National Defense Reserve
Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
Struck from the Naval Register, 1 October 1981
Permanent title transfer to MARAD, 9 April 1993
Final Disposition, sold for scrapping to Able UK, Hartlepool,
Teeside, England, and removed from the Reserve Fleet, 16 October 2003
under tow to the United Kingdom
Displacement 18,000 t.(fl)
Speed 20 kts.
Propulsion steam turbine, two boilers, single shaft