USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed Acceptance Trials, November 6, following a week of extensive ship tests and underway events, included testing of major propulsion, auxiliary, damage control and deck systems.
Designed to perform acoustic, biological, physical, and geophysical surveys, T-AGS 66 will provide the U.S. military with
essential information on the ocean environment. The vessel is 353 feet in length, with an overall beam of 58 feet. USNS Maury is 24 feet longer than the previous T-AGS design, which accommodates a moon pool for deployment and retrieval of autonomous underwater vehicles.
T-AGS 66 is named in honor of Cmdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury
, nicknamed “Pathfinder of the Seas,” and also known as the “Father of Modern Oceanography.” Scheduled for delivery in early 2016, USNS Maury will be operated by the Military Sealift Command