USNS Contender (T-AGOS-2)

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Merchant Marine Academy flagship Kings Pointer.jpg
Merchant Marine Academy flagship Kings Pointer, ex-Contender, 1999.
Career (US)
Name: USNS Contender (T-AGOS-2)
Operator: USNS
Ordered: September 26, 1980
Builder: Tacoma Boatbuilding, Tacoma, Washington
Laid down: January 10, 1983
Launched: December 20, 1983
Sponsored by: Mrs. Sarah Sumner Rowden
Acquired: June 9, 1984
Struck: December 11, 1992
Fate: Disposed of by title transfer to MARAD on October 1, 1992
Career (US)
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Name: T/V Kings Pointer
Owner: United States Maritime Administration
Operator: United States Merchant Marine Academy
In service: 1992-2012
Homeport: Kings Point, New York
Status: Active United States Merchant Marine Academy
Career (US)
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Name: T/V General Rudder
Owner: United States Maritime Administration
Operator: Texas A&M University at Galveston
In service: 2012-Present
Homeport: Galveston, Texas
Status: Active Texas A&M University at Galveston
General characteristics
Class & type: Training Ship
Displacement: 2,250 tons
Length: 224 ft (68 m)
Beam: 43 ft (13 m)
Draft: 16.0 ft (4.9 m)
Propulsion: Diesel Electric Drive, twin shafts, inboard turning.
Speed: 11 kt cruise
Crew: 36

USNS Contender (T-AGOS-2) was a Stalwart class Modified Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship of the United States Navy.

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Stalwart class ships were originally designed to collect underwater acoustical data in support of Cold war anti-submarine warfare operations in the 1980s. ex-Contender is now T/V Kings Pointer the flagship and training vessel of the United States Merchant Marine Academy. [1]

In the spring of 2004 she underwent a major overhaul to upgrade her crew's quarters and training equipment. The aft 'tow' deck was also modified and any vestage of her previous employment as a SURTASS ship was removed and reworked.

She was the flagship and training ship of the United States Merchant Marine Academy from 1999 until January 2012. She was transferred to Texas A&M University at Galveston and renamed the "General Rudder", where she will be the primary training vessels for cadets of the Texas Maritime Academy.

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