The smaller FS types were retired by 1960. In 1964 the US Navy took over operation of the larger C1-M-AV-1 type, and redisgnated them as AGM. The original larger ORV were out of service on the Eastern Test Range by 1969.
The U.S. Air Force still operates a small fleet of drone recovery vessels nicknamed the "Tyndall Navy". These ships recover pieces of wreckage from drones and aerial targets from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The largest of these vessels are three 120-foot ships operated by the 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron, which is based at Tyndall AFB, Florida.