The Arlington (AGMR-2) command and communications ship was originally built as the CVL-48 Saipan light aircraft carrier, which named a class composed of two vessels launched in 1945. In 1959 USS Saipan was redesignated as AVT-6 and in 1963 it was decided to reconvert it into a command ship with the designation CC-3. Finally, it would be completed in August 1966 reclassified as Major Communications Relay Ship AGMR-2. In 1967, she was sent to Vietnam where she made 11 “Yankee Station” patrols, providing communications mainly in the Gulf of Tonkin area. She also participated with the TF-130 Manned Spacecraft Recovery Force in the recovery of the space capsules from the Apollo 8, Apollo 10 and Apollo 11 space missions. The USS Arlington was deactivated in January 1970, and remained in reserve until 1975 when it was sold to be scrapped.

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Country of origin

United States


New York Shipbuilding, Camden


Command ship

Entered service


Displacement, (full load)

19,500 tonnes

Dimensions (length x beam x draught)

208.36 x 24.38 x 8.23 meters


4 x Babcock & Wilcox boilers – 4 x G.E. geared steam turbines

Power, (total)

120,000 shp

Shafts - Screws

4 shafts – 4 screws


33 Knots (61 km/h)


2,400 tonnes of fuel oil


10,000 n. miles (18,500 km) at 15 knots


3 medium type

AA guns

4 x 76/50mm twin guns + 4 x 40mm Bofors twin guns