Silas Bent AGS-26


Silas Bent
(AGS-26: dp. 2,580 (f.); 1. 285' 3~"; b. 48'; dr. 15'; s.
15 k. (tl.); cpl. 44; cl. Silas Bent)

Silas Bent (AGS-26), an oceanographic survey ship, was laid down in March 1964 by the American Shipbuilding Co. at Lorain, Ohio; launched on 16 May 1964; sponsored by Miss Nancy M. McKinley and Mrs. Jeffrey R. Grandy; and was delivered to the Military Sea Transportation Service (now the Military Sealift Command) in July 1965.

Silas Bent—the first of a new class of oceanographic survey ships—is manned by a Civil Service crew and operated by the Military Sealift Command as an integrated system for the gathering of vital oceanographic data in both underway and on station modes. The data she collects is recorded in a form immediately usable by computers. She is under the technical control of the Naval Oceanographic Office in Suitland, Maryland.

The oceanographic survey ship completed her shakedown cruise during the winter of 1965 and 1966. Since that time, she has been conducting oceanographic research primarily in the northern Pacific, between Alaska and Japan. In May 1968, after only six days on station, she and scientists from the Naval Oceanographic Office located an ammunition-laden Liberty s11ip sunk in the North Pacific. In 1972, she visited Japan, for the 2nd annual Oeean Development Conferenee held at Tokyo. During the conference, there were numerous tours and briefings held on Silas Bent describing, for the ocean scientists of the world, her capabilities for measuring bathymetric depth, magnetic intensity, gravity, surface temperature, seismic reflection, sound velocity, ambient light, and salinity. As of mid-September 1974, Silas Bent is engaged in special operations in thc area of Kodiak, Alaska.