Navy Christens, Launches New Oceanographic Survey Ship

MarineLink.com
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Photo: U.S. Navy

Accompanied by azure blue skies and a stiff breeze, the Navy christened and launched its newest oceanographic survey ship, USNS Maury (T-AGS 66), the last of its class at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Moss Point, Miss., in a traditional Navy ceremony on March 27.
 
The 350-foot ship is named for Cmdr. Matthew F. Maury, considered to be the father of oceanography, nicknamed the “Pathfinder of the Seas” and the first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Maury is 24 feet longer than its six sister ships to accommodate a 300 square-foot moon pool for easier deployment and retrieval of unmanned underwater vehicles.
 
Rear Adm. Jonathan White, Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy and the principal speaker at the launch and christening, said the T-AGS ships are a reflection of Matthew Maury, who he said, “led a transformation in our Navy.”
 
Matthew Maury developed wind and tide charts in the 1840s from ship’s logs. White said that Maury realized the importance that understanding the natural environment has for ship operations. That lesson has persisted.
 
“We need to know about the environment to be the best navy in the world,” White said.
 
USNS Maury will survey the world’s oceans, collecting ocean data, for Navy operations, continuing the work in the 21st century that Matthew Maury started in the 19th. The ship will be operated by the U.S. Military Sealift Command (MSC) for the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM).
 
“If Matthew Fontaine Maury was here today to see this ship and to see the character of the people who built it, there is no doubt he would say, ‘all’s well.’”
 
NAVMETOCCOM directs the Navy's meteorology, oceanography and hydrography programs, operates the Navy’s atomic clock for precise time and tracks the positions of the stars for navigation. The command is comprised of approximately 2,500 officer, enlisted and civilian personnel stationed around the world. Naval Oceanography enables the safety, speed and operational effectiveness of the fleet by identifying the risks and opportunities for naval and joint forces posed by the present and future battlespace.
 
MSC operates approximately 110 noncombatant, U.S. merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.
 

Maritime Reporter February 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

Ten Migrants Die in Mediterranean, a Thousand Rescued

At least 10 North African migrants died when their rubber boat overturned in the southern Mediterranean while almost a thousand more from a total of seven vessels

Sunken Japanese WWII Battleship Found

Seventy years after the conclusion of World War II, philanthropist and entrepreneur Paul G. Allen has located the Musashi, one of the two largest and most technologically

US, Australian, Indonesian Navies Commemorate Battle of Sunda Strait

Senior officials from the United States, Australia and Indonesia paid their respects to the crews of USS Houston (CA 30) and HMAS Perth (D 29) during a wreath laying ceremony March 1,

Vessels

CaroTrans Adds New Asia-US Service

CaroTrans, a global NVOCC (non-vessel operating common carrier) and ocean freight consolidator, announced a new all-water LCL (less than container-load) import

E-marine Begins Fleet Expansion

E-marine, a provider of submarine cable installation and repair solutions in the Middle East and Sub-Continent region, has unveiled plans to expand its fleet of cable ships in 2015,

VT Halter Launches ATB Tug for Bouchard

VT Halter Marine launched ATB tug Kim M. Bouchard for Bouchard Transportation at Moss Point Marine facility on February 26, 2015. Measuring 150 feet long, the 10,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.4071 sec (2 req/sec)