The oceanographic survey vessel USNS Wyman is the
second naval vessel to bear the name; however, the two ships have
different namesakes. The first was a WWII-era destroyer escort named for
Ensign Eldon Wyman, a casualty of the sinking of the USS Oklahoma (BB-37) at Pearl Harbor. The survey vessel honors Rear Admiral Robert H. Wyman, who commanded the U.S. Navy’s Hydrographic Office in the 1870s. Under Wyman's
eight-year leadership, the office began a systematic and sustained
program of world-wide charting and surveying, the precursor of the
Navy's contemporary global oceanographic research effort.
Wyman is part of the Silas Bent-class.
It was designed and built to conduct hydrographic and oceanographic
studies under the technical direction of the Oceanographer of the Navy,
but operated by a civilian, not military crew.
All vessels of this
class were assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service, later
the Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC). Wyman was constructed
at Bay City, Michigan, by the Defoe Shipbuilding Co., and accepted by
MSC on November 19, 1971 at the Boston Naval Shipyard. Wyman’s
initial service was with MSC Atlantic.
In November 1974, the ship was
transferred to MSC Pacific for shipyard modifications and replacement of
its survey equipment. When modifications were complete, Wyman could perform similar data mapping functions as that of the H.H. Hess, another oceanographic research vessel, to support the Trident Fleet Ballistic Missile Submarine force. Wyman
returned to MSC Atlantic in mid-1975.
The ship was deactivated and
later struck from the Naval Vessel Register on May 3, 1999. Wyman was berthed at Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet on March 26, 2001, in preparation for disposal; MARAD accepted title of the vessel on July 28, 2001.
Wyman departed Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet under a scrap services contract on March 4, 2014; dismantlement was completed by ESCO Marine on October 1 of that year.
The Maritime Administration has completed a National Register of Historic Places eligibility assessment for Wyman which includes a narrative history of the vessel. It can be viewed in the Documents section.
Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
MARAD accepted title from US Navy
No status cards for this vessel