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Navigation Test Support Ship T-AGS

 
Description
Navigation test support ship USNS Waters supports the Navy's Strategic Systems Programs Office by assisting with submarine weapons and navigation system testing. The ship tracks missile test launches from Navy submarines to collect important performance data. The ship also conducts operational tests of upgrades to submarine navigation systems.
 
Background
USNS Waters delivered in 1993 as an oceanographic survey ship. She was converted in 1998 under the sponsorship of the Strategic Systems Program Office. Waters began operations in 1999, replacing USNS Vanguard (deactivated in 1998) and USNS Range Sentinel (deactivated in 1997).
 
Point Of Contact
MSC Public Affairs
471 East C. St.
Norfolk, VA 23511-2419
(757) 443-3984
http://www.msc.navy.mil
 
General Characteristics
Builder: Avondale Industries, New Orleans, LA; Conversion yard: Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corp., Norfolk, VA.
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, twin-screw, 7,400 shp.
Length: 457 feet (139.29 meters).
Beam: 69 feet (21.03 meters).
Displacement: 12,208 tons (12,403.33 metric tons) full load.
Speed: 13 knots (14.96 mph).
Crew: 32 civilians, 59 technicians.
Homeport: No homeport assigned
 
General Characteristics, Navigation Test Support Ships T-AGS
Ships:
USNS Waters (T-AGS 45), None
 
Last Update: 7 March 2017