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H STCRY 0F THE SHIP
The decision to give the name ANNAPOLIS to the .N2VY'S first C0111-
munications Major Relay Ship came from a suggestion which .emanated from
the ofiice of the Director of Naval Communications. The naming of the iirst
AGMR after the city' of Annapolis commemorates the establishment of one
of the Navy's first "wireless" stations there in 1902. In addition, Annapolis
today is the site of the Navy's oldest existing radio station which IS cur-
rently providing the transmitter facilities for the Naval Communications
Station in Washington, D. C. I
The AGMR-1 is the third ship to bear the name Annapolis. The first
ANNAPOLIS was a gun boat commissioned in 1895 which served with dis-
tinction in the Spanish-American War and later with the Asiatic Fleet, as
a training ship at the Naval Academy. and on patrol in Mexico and Central
American waters before being decommissioned in 1919. The second ANNA-
POLIS was a patrol frigate, commissioned in December, 1944, which served
as a convoy escort ship making convoy runs to Algeria and later being at-
tached to the Pacific Fleet where she was decommissioned in 1946 and sold
The history of the present ANNAPOLIS began in August of 1962 when
the decommissioned Escort Aircraft Carrier, USS GILBERT ISLANDS CCVE-
1071 was towed from her berth at Bayonne, New Jersey, to the New York
Naval Shipyard for conversion to the AGMR-1. As a CVE she had seen
action in the Pacific during the Okinawa-Gunto operation and Australian
operations in Borneo. Now, the 19 year old ship was to be converted and
recommissioned to fulfill a vital communication need of the Navy's operating
USS ANNAPOLIS CAGMR-15, Auxiliary General Major Relay Number
One, is a ship designed' to bring Naval Communications to any Naval unit
ashore or afloat, anywhere in the world, with speed and accurracyg to provide
a voice for command when and where it is needed. With specially designed
antenna systems constructed on her flight deck, the latest in complex com-
munications equipment in her newly-constructed communications spaces,
capacious fuel tanks and, what is most important, her smoothly functioning
and well trained crew of 700, ANNAPOLIS is capable of operating for pro-
tracted periods of time in remote corners of the world's oceans, augmenting
existing shore communication facilities, temporarily extending essential Naval
communication services in areas where they might have been lost or where
they may never have existed.
. Iier tasks? to provide fleet broadcasts, inter-area relay circuits and relay
mrcults for Shlp to Shlp and shi to shore communicati . he is a floatin
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commufucatlons SIHUOH, able to stay beyond the reach ,of hostile powers, not
depending upon the whims of reluctant allies, carrying vital communications
Wherever 3 Ship Can go and capable of reaching any land area with her
powerful transmitters. As her motto states, she is truly "VOX MARIS," the
Voice of the Sea" and the Voice from the Sea, the Voice of Naval Command,
the Sound of United States Seapower.
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I. ON THE OCCASION OF ANNAPOLIS' DEPARTURE FROM NORFOLK, CINCPACFLT EXTENDS BEST
WISHES TO EACH OFFICER AND MAN FOR A MOST SUCCESSFUL CRUISE TO WESTPAC. ALTHOUGH
IT IS NOT EXPECTED THAT ANNAPOLIS CAN SOLVE ALL THE COMMUNICATIONS PROBLEMS WHICH
THE HIGH TEMPO OF OPERATIONS IN WESTPAC HAS GENERATED, HER GREAT COMMUNICATIONS
CAPABILITY WILL SURELY EFFECT A SIGNIFICANT AND NECESSARY IMPROVEMENT IN THE RESPON-
SIVENESS OF FLEET COMMUNICATIONS TO PRESSING AND NEARLY OVERWHELMING OPERATIONAL
2. CINCPACFLT GREATLY APPRECIATES YOUR NOTEWORTHY CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE DEVELOP-
MENT OF ANNAPOLIS' CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS AND THE MANY PERTINENT AND TIMELY COM-
MENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE TECHNICAL DETAILS AS WELL AS THE BROAD
ASPECTS OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT IN THE PACIFIC FLEET. BON VOYAGE AND WARM REGARDS. FAR-
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