Navy's Newest T-AGOS Christened At Tacoma Boat
The U.S. Navy's newest ocean surveillance ship, the USNS Audacious (T-AGOS-11) was recently christened at Tacoma Boatbuilding, Co., Tacoma, Wash.
Speakers at the launching ceremony included Rear Adm. Select Stephen S. Clarey, Deputy Commander/ Comptroller, Naval Sea Systems Command, and the Honorable Norman D. Dicks, U.S. Representative. The USNS Audacious has a length of 224 feet, beam of 43 feet, displaces 2,265 tons and range of about 3,000 nautical miles at 11 knots. Propulsion and ship service electrical power is provided by four 600-kw, 600 vAC diesel generators. At any one time, two of the four diesel generators drive direct-coupled DC motors, producing 1,600 shp. When commissioned, she will be operated by the Military Sealift Command to gather underwater acoustical data and then transmit ashore for evaluation.
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