USNS Rose Knot (T-AGM-14)
|Name:||USNS Rose Knot|
|Namesake:||A name retained|
|Builder:||Pennsylvania Shipyard Inc., Beaumont, Texas|
|Laid down:||date unknown, as a type (C1-M-AV1) hull, MC hull 2466|
|Acquired:||by the U.S. Navy in 1964|
|In service:||c. 1958|
|Out of service:||1968|
|Struck:||9 October 1969|
|Fate:||disposed of by MARAD, 28 June 1977, fate unknown|
|Type:||missile range instrumentation ship|
|Tons burthen:||6,090 tons|
|Propulsion:||diesel, single propeller|
|Endurance:||30 days at sea|
USNS Rose Knot (T-AGM-14) was a missile range instrumentation ship which operated as USAFS Rose Knot on the U.S. Air Force's Eastern Test Range during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Rose Knot operated under an Air Force contract with Pan American Airways Guided Missile Range Division headquartered in Cocoa Beach, Florida.
Rose Knot, assigned to the South Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean area, provided the Air Force with metric data on intercontinental ballistic missiles launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida.
Rose Knot functioned as a telemetry station located off the coast of Africa at 5N 10W for Mercury Atlas 6, the mission in which John Glenn became the first American to orbit earth. For the Gemini Program, it served as a primary tracking station (call sign RKV) off the coast of Peru.
Rose Knot was acquired from the U.S. Air Force by the U.S. Navy in 1964.
Operational data while on U.S. Navy service on this vessel is lacking at DANFS.
- Missile Range Instrumentation Ship
- List of ships of the United States Air Force
- Eastern Test Range
- Pan American Airways Guided Missile Range Division
- Missile Test Project
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - T-AGM-14 Rose Knot
- NASA SP-4203: On the Shoulders of Titans - Appendix F
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