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By Team Ships Public Affairs
PASCAGOULA, Miss. - USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) completed
Acceptance Trials Nov. 6 following a week of extensive ship tests and underway
The T-AGS 66 Acceptance Trials, the final evaluation of
the ship prior to delivery, included testing of major propulsion, auxiliary,
damage control and deck systems.
"As a result of dedicated effort and preparation,
T-AGS 66 performed very well at Acceptance Trials this week," said Mike
Kosar, the Support Ships, Boats, and Craft Program Manager for the Navy's
Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. "The Navy-Industry team worked
tirelessly to ensure the success of this event and we're very proud of the
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.
As one of the Defense Department's largest acquisition
organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and
procurement of all major surface combatants, amphibious ships, special mission
and support ships, and special warfare craft.