WYMAN (T-AGS-34)


Year Built
1971
Official Number
--
Ship Yard
Defoe Shipbuilding Co.
General Type
Military (Non Commercial)
Specific Type
Research /Survey Vessel
Ship Length
287.0 feet
Beam
48.00 feet
Mast Height
--
Net Tons
--
Gross Tons
--
Cargo Capacity
--
Draft, Summer
16.00 tons
Draft, Lightweight
17.0 tons
Displacement, Summer
2509 tons
Displacement, Lightweight
1560 tons
Immersion, Summer
--
Immersion, Lightweight
--


Historical Narrative



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.

Naval History and Heritage Command Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships entry for USS Wyman.

Historical Documents
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Milestones


Event: Entry
Date: 3/26/2001

Entered Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet
Event: Acquisition
Date: 7/28/2001

MARAD accepted title from US Navy

Ship Imagery




Status Cards


No status cards for this vessel


Documents


Date Type Name Expand Download
4/5/2012 National Register Eligibility Assessment Wyman.pdf