USS Arlington AGMR-2 Communications Major Relay Ship


Annapolis and Arlington were essentially floating Comm Stations with massive antenna arrays and extensive equipment installations to relay messages from local ships or shore stations to distant COMMSTAs. Arlington could simultaneously connect with 3 COMMSTAs with 6 channels for each.

USS Saipan (CVL-48, built 1946) was originally being converted to a command ship CC-3 in 1963. This was changed to a major relay ship AGMR-2 while still in the conversion yard in September 1964. In April 1965 her name was changed to USS Arlington (AGMR-2) and she was commissioned August 1966. Conversion articles - Part 1 - Part 2

Antennas aboard USS Arlington AGMR-2 (thanks to John KX4P)

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Hi-res photo scan

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AGMR-2 Photos from National Archives - during construction

Racks for crypto equipment?
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Arlington's Report on Apollo 8 Recovery - download pdf Press articles - Arlington and Apollo agmr2-news-1.JPG (788416 bytes) agmr2-news-2.JPG (748364 bytes)

July 1969 Apollo 11 Recovery - Photos from Walt Casey 

USN report on recovery operations

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UNREP - USS Hassayampa AO-145
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1966-67 USS Arlington Cruise Book

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AN/FRR-60 (TMC DDR-5) rcvrs
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Antenna patch panels
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Comm Control Center
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TMC tech rep & spectrum analyzer?
Background - transmitting antenna couplers and high power patch panel
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L - R-1051 rcvrs with AN/URA-17 converters
R - AN/FRR-60 (TMC DDR-5) rcvrs
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AN/FRT-39 (TMC GPT-10K) transmitter
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transmitting antenna couplers ??
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AN/FRR-60 (TMC DDR-5) rcvrs
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AN/FRR-60 (TMC DDR-5) rcvrs & antenna patch panels
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AN/FRT-39 (TMC GPT-10K) transmitters
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Tech control?
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Tape relay equipment including MAPS multiple address processing system that dupes tape at 850wpm
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Tape relay equipment

1968 USS Arlington Pacific Cruise Book

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109' mast - Conical monopole & rotatable log periodic
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