GCASO: General Catalog of Artificial Space Objects

Jonathan C. McDowell

Launch Sites

Rocket Launch Ships: US Rocket Launch Research Vessels

USAS American Mariner


US Navy
US Navy


The TS American Mariner operated as a USCG training ship from 1941 to 1953. In 1953 it was transferred to the US Army and became the USAS American Mariner; it supported the US Army/ARPA DAMP reentry tracking project in 1959-63, during which it launched at least one Arcas rocket off the coast of Cape Canaveral. In 1963-4 it was transferred briefly to the USAF and then in Jan 1964 to the US Navy as USNS American Mariner. The ship was retired in 1966.


Rockets used: Arcas



Updated: 2021 Nov 30 16:22:24

Launches: T-AGM-12
DateRocketFlightMissionPlatCodePlatformSiteLPAscSiteAscLPPosApogee
1960 Apr 20Arcas--T-AGM-12USAS American MarinerETRLP2-- 79.0W 28.5N (+/- 2.0) 40.0