USN Communications Ships - AGMR, CC, CLC, AGC, LCC, AG

USS Annapolis AGMR-1 Communications Major Relay Ship
 - AGMR-1 Info & Photo Page

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   Annapolis and Arlington were essentially floating Comm Stations with massive antenna arrays and extensive equipment installations
   Annapolis had 48 HF transmitters ranging from 1kw AN/URT-23 to 40kw AN/FRT-40

USS Arlington AGMR-2 Communications Major Relay Ship
 - AGMR-2 Info & Photo Page

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USS Northampton CLC-1 Task Fleet Command Ship
                                   CC-1 Command & Control Ship
 - Northampton Info & Photo Page

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USS Wright CC-2 Command & Control Ship
  - Wright Info & Photo Page

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Northampton and Wright were national command center ships (NECPA - National Emergency Command Post Afloat) and included extensive communications equipment and capability

While on station off the US East Coast, Northampton and Wright maintained contact with the shore via UHF troposcatter links to Lola (NC), Lewes (DE), and Cape Cod (MA).

The tropo equipment may have been the AN/FRC-92 on shore and the AN/SRC-24 (REL 2500) shipboard- please send me e-mail if you have any info on this or anything related to these ships.

Probably Lewes Delaware (Cape Henlopen) - original tropo antenna installation atop Battery Hunter - photo from RM 3&2 manual 1971
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Later Lewes, Delaware tropo antenna installation at Battery 519  (thanks to Delaware State Parks)
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Article on Lewes - Delaware Outdoor Magazine

More info & photos on Lewes tropo antennas

Later Lewes, Delaware tropo antenna installation at Battery 519

USNS Kingsport AG-164 - First Satellite Communications Ship

May 1963, Bureau of Ships Journal -
USNS Kingsport (AG-164), the Navy's first satellite communications ship, was converted by the Willamette Iron and Steel Co., Portland, Oregon, starting in September 1961 and was completed as a satellite communications ship by the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in December 1962. Kingsport participated in the 14 February 1963 launch of the NASA SYNCOM communications satellite as the primary communications, telemetry, and command station; she will participate in similar operations later this year.
Kingsport is operated by the Military Sea Transport Service. The systems involved in satellite operations and ship-shore communications are operated by the Navy Research and Development Satellite Communications Group, under the command of LCDR J. F. DeBold, USN. LCDR DeBold is the only Engineering Duty Officer with a command at sea. Design and conversion of Kingsport was undertaken by the Bureau of Ships as part of the program managed by the U. S. Army Satellite Communications Agency.
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NASA photo
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US Army photo


Amphibious Force Command Ships - AGC (later LCC)
    See NAVSOURCE for many more photos and info
    See Navy Library for description of CIC operation on an AGC

Note - I've tried to select photos that show radio equipment and antenna installations

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USS Appalachian AGC-1 - 1944
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USS Appalachian AGC-1 - 1945
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USS Appalachian AGC-1 - 1945
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USS Appalachian AGC-1 - 1945-46
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USS Ancon AGC-4 - 1943
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USS Ancon AGC-4 - 1943
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USS Ancon AGC-4 - 1943
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USS Ancon AGC-4 - 1943
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USS Ancon AGC-4 - 1943
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USS Ancon AGC-4 - 1945
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USS Mount McKinley AGC-7
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USS Mount McKinley AGC-7 - 1950
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USS Eldorado AGC-11 - 1944
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USS Eldorado AGC-11 - 1944
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USS Estes AGC-12

Estes Info and Photo Page

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USS Estes AGC-12
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USS Adirondack AGC-15 1946
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USS Teton AGC-14 - 1945

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USS Adirondack AGC-15 - postwar 

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USS Pocono AGC-16 - 1957
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USS Pocono AGC-16 - 1957
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USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 - 1971

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USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 - 1977
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USS Blue Ridge LCC-19 - 1980

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USS Mount Whitney LCC-20