Military Wednesday – Unusual Naval Vessels

Here are a few of the more unusual naval vessels that you may not be aware of…

High Speed Vessels

HSV-2 'Swift' High Speed Vessel (Birds Eye)
HSV-2 'Swift' High Speed Vessel
HSV-XI 'Joint Venture' High Speed Vessel (Birds Eye)
HSV-XI 'Joint Venture' High Speed Vessel

Submarine Rescue

Swedish submarine rescue ship HMS Belos (A214) (Birds Eye)
Swedish submarine rescue ship HMS Belos (A214)

Submarine Surveillance Ship

USS Able (T-AGOS-20) Swath-S (Small) Ocean Surveillance Ship (Birds Eye)
USS Able (T-AGOS-20) Swath-S (Small) Ocean Surveillance Ship

T-AGOS Victorious class Swath-S (Small) Ocean Surveillance Ship (Google Maps)
T-AGOS Victorious class Swath-S (Small) Ocean Surveillance Ship
T-AGOS Victorious Class Swath-S (Small) Ocean Surveillance Ship (Google Maps)
T-AGOS Victorious Class Swath-S (Small) Ocean Surveillance Ship

RV Kilo Moana (T-AGOR-26) (Google Maps)
RV Kilo Moana (T-AGOR-26)

Helicopter Landing Trainer

Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT) IX-514 (Birds Eye)
Helicopter Landing Trainer (HLT) IX-514

Test Platform

USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968) - Test Platform (Birds Eye)
USS Arthur W. Radford (DD-968) - Test Platform
USS Dolphin (AGSS 555) (Google Maps)
USS Dolphin (AGSS 555)

Floating Missile Launch Platform

Former USS Tripoli at Mare Island Shipyard (Birds Eye)
Former USS Tripoli at Mare Island Shipyard

Floating Radar Platform

CS-50 Plattform "Moss Sirius" (Sea-based X-band Radar) (Birds Eye)
CS-50 Plattform "Moss Sirius" (Sea-based X-band Radar)

Telemetry Collection

Pacific Collector - DOD Missile Defense Agency telemetry ship (StreetView)
Pacific Collector - DOD Missile Defense Agency telemetry ship

Mobile Aerial Target Support System (MATSS-1) IX-524 platform (StreetView)
Mobile Aerial Target Support System (MATSS-1) IX-524 platform
USNS Vandenberg (Missile Range Instrumentation Ship) (Birds Eye)
USNS Vandenberg (Missile Range Instrumentation Ship)

USNS Vandenberg (Missile Range Instrumentation Ship) (Birds Eye)
USNS Vandenberg (Missile Range Instrumentation Ship)
Marshall Nedelin Class Missile Range Instrument Ship (Google Maps)
Marshall Nedelin Class Missile Range Instrument Ship

Re-usable Targets

MST 9301 target craft (Birds Eye)
MST 9301 target craft
Unpowered yellow submarine used for torpedo target (Birds Eye)
Unpowered yellow submarine used for torpedo target

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