Survey Ships gather data which provides much of the military's information on the ocean environment. Oceanographic and hydrographic survey ships are used to study the world's oceans. The collected data helps to improve technology in undersea warfare and enemy ship detection. The oceanographic and hydrographic survey ships' multibeam, wide-angle precision sonar systems make it possible to continuously chart a broad strip of ocean floor. Military Sealift Command's Special Missions program supports worldwide oceanographic programs with ships which perform acoustical, biological, physical and geophysical surveys.
|Length||Overall Length: 442 ft|
|Beam||Extreme Beam: 69 ft|
|Draft||Maximum Navigational Draft: 21 ft|
Full Displacement: 12208 tons |
Dead Weight: 12208 tons
|Speed||knots ( mph)|
|Waters||TAGS 45||Avondale||Atlantic||04 Apr 1990||26 May 1993|