USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Bowditch.
USNS Bowditch at sea
USNS Bowditch at Sea
Career
Name: USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62)
Owner: United States Navy
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 29 May 1992
Builder: Halter Marine
Laid down: 16 June 1993
Launched: 15 October 1994
In service: 19 July 1996
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Pathfinder-class survey ship
Displacement: 4,762 long tons
Length: 329 ft (100 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Speed: 16.0 knots (29.6 km/h; 18.4 mph)
Complement: 26 Civilian Personal/27 military sponsor personnel

USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) is a Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship. She is the third ship in the class. The USNS Bowditch is a part of a 29 ship Special Mission Ship program and operates in the South China Sea. She is named after Nathaniel Bowditch, generally regarded as the founding father of modern navigation and oceanography.

Bowditch was engaged in surveying at Tacloban shortly after typhoon Haiyan in advance of the Navy's Operation Damayan in an area known for its shifting hazards to navigation using its multi-beam contour mapping system.[1]

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