USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12)

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Name: USNS De Steiguer
Namesake: Admiral Louis R. de Steiguer
Builder: Northwest Marine Iron Works, Portland, Oregon
Laid down: 12 November 1965
Launched: 21 March 1966
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 28 February 1969, as USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12)
In service: Leased to a university in 1969
Out of service: not known
Struck: not known
Identification:IMO number7742138
Fate: transferred to the Tunisian Navy on 2 November 1992
Flag of Tunisia (1959–1999).svgTunisia
Name: Salammbo (A-701)
Acquired: 2 November 1992
Identification:IMO number7742138
General characteristics
Type: Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship
Tonnage: 1,520 tons
Tons burthen: 1,915 tons
Length: 245'
Beam: 46'
Draft: 16'
Propulsion: diesel-electric, single propeller, 2,500shp, retractable azimuth-compensating bow thruster
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 23 civilian mariners, 38 scientists
Armament: none

USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12) was a Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1966. She was a Navy pool vessel assigned to Naval laboratories until she was transferred to the Tunisian Navy in 1992.

Built in Portland, Oregon[edit]

De Steiguer was built by the Northwest Marine Iron Works, Portland, Oregon. She was laid down on 12 November 1965 and launched on 21 March 1966 and turned over to the Navy on 28 February 1969, as USNS De Steiguer (T-AGOR-12).

Oceanographic service[edit]

De Steiguer was a U.S. Navy oceanographic research ship assigned to support Naval laboratories.[1] De Steiguer was one of two AGOR ships, the other was Bartlett (T-AGOR 13), assigned as pool vessels for west coast Naval laboratory use according to a 1970 report.[2] Bartlett and De Steiguer were assigned to the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office for operation.[3]


On 2 November 1992 De Steiguer was approved under the terms of the Security Assistance Program for a transfer to Tunisia, where she now serves the Tunisian Navy as Salammbo (A-701).


There is no information on De Steiguer in the Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Naval History and Heritage Command. "USS F-1 (Submarine Number 20), 1912-1917".
  2. ^ "NPGS Goes to Sea in All Hands magaxine, August 1970, page 46" (PDF).
  3. ^ "National Oceanographic Fleet Platform Characteristics, RP-53, January 1992, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office; pages 193, 195" (PDF).