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USNS Kane (T-AGS-27)
Name: Kane
Namesake: Elisha Kent Kane
Awarded: 5 February 1964
Builder: Christy Corporation, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
Laid down: 19 December 1964
Launched: 20 November 1965
Sponsored by: Mrs. Harold T. Duetermann
Acquired: 19 May 1967
In service: 26 May 1967
Struck: 14 March 2001
Identification:IMO number: 7738644
Fate: transferred to the Turkish Navy
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TCG Çandarlı (A-588)
Turkish Navy EnsignTurkey
Name: TCG Çandarlı
Namesake: town of Çandarlı
Commissioned: 25 July 2001
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Type: Silas Bent class survey ship
Tonnage: 1,935 tons (lt)
Tons burthen: 2,580 tons (fl)
Length: 285 feet 3 inches (86.94 m)
Beam: 48 feet (15 m)
Draft: 15 feet (4.6 m)
Propulsion: ALCO diesels, Allis-Chalmers electric drive, single shaft. 3,000 SHP
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h)
Complement: 44 crew, 26 scientific party
Armament: None

USNS Kane (T-AGS-27) was a Silas Bent class survey ship acquired by the United States Navy in 1967 and delivered to the Military Sealift Command in 1967. Kane spent her career performing oceanographic surveys. The ship was equipped with the Oceanographic Data Acquisition System (ODAS) as were oceanographic survey ships USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26) and USNS Wilkes (T-AGS-33).[1]

The second Kane was launched 20 November 1965 by the Christy Corporation, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; sponsored by Mrs. Harold T. Duetermann, wife of Vice Admiral Deutermann; assigned to Military Sea Transportation Service; and placed in service 26 May 1967 for scientific operations under the Atlantic. Besides conducting coastal hydrographic and oceanographic surveys, Kane also tended small survey craft, helicopters, and Marine Corps survey teams. She was capable of compiling and printing finished charts on the spot to meet fleet and landing force requirements and had accommodations for scientists.[2]

Decommissioning and fate

USNS Kane was deactivated in Malaysia 14 March 2001, and transferred to the Republic of Turkey,[3][4] renamed TGC Çandarli (A-588) joining her sister ship, ex-Silas Bent, TCG Çeșme (A-599).[5][6][7][8]


  1. ^ The Federal Ocean Program. April 1972. pp. 67–68.
  2. ^ "Kane II". Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. Navy Department, Naval History and Heritage Command.
  3. ^ "USNS Kane (T-AGS-27)". NavSource.
  4. ^ "Military Sealift Command 2001 in Review". Military Sealift Command.
  5. ^ "Military Sealift Command 2000 in Review". Military Sealift Command.
  6. ^ "Auxiliaries".
  7. ^ "TCG Çeșme (A-599)". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24.
  8. ^ "USNS Silas Bent (T-AGS-26)". NavSource.

External links

  • "USNS Kane (T-AGS-27)". NavSource. (Misnamed as USNS Elisha Kent Kane (T-AGS-27) on NavSource)