USNS Sumner (T-AGS-61)

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For other ships of the same name, see USS Sumner.
USNS Sumner (T-AGS-61) in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii July, 2003 with USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) in the background.
Career (USA)
Owner: United States Navy
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 30 January 1991
Builder: Halter Marine
Laid down: 18 November 1992
Launched: 19 May 1994
In service: 30 May 1995
Status: in active service, as of 2014
General characteristics
Class & type: Pathfinder-class survey ship
Displacement: 4,762 long tons
Length: 328 ft 6 in (100.13 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h)
Complement: 26 mariners/27 sponsor personnel

USNS Sumner (T-AGS-61) is a Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship that became operational in 1997.[1][2] It is the fourth United States Navy ship named Sumner. These ships are crewed by a small crew of civilian mariners, supporting an even smaller contingent of United States Navy personnel.

According to Carol Rosenberg, writing in the Miami Herald, the vessel is scheduled to be decommissioned in 2014.[3] Rosenberg reported speculation that the Summer would be transferred to the United States Coast Guard. The Coast Guard would use her to counter smugglers in the Caribbean, where she would be stationed as a permanent helicopter station. Coast Guard sharpshooters could be quickly dispatched to intercept and apprehend smugglers. Retrofitting her with facilities to operate and maintain a helicopter would cost $10 million.


  1. ^ This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
  2. ^ "USNS SUMNER (T-AGS 61) -- Oceanographic Survey Ship". United States Navy. 2006-07-18. Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2014-05-09. 
  3. ^ Carol Rosenberg (2014-04-08). "Congress considers $69 million Guantánamo prison gift". Miami Herald. Archived from the original on 2014-04-09. The government-owned Sumner, whose stated mission was to “support worldwide oceanography programs, including performing acoustical, biological, physical and geophysical surveys,” is due to arrive at Port Canaveral this weekend for deactivation, according to the Maritime Sealift Command, which operates the vessel. Kelly and Coast Guard commandant Adm. Robert Papp Jr. recently raised the idea of a floating platform without naming the Sumner specifically in Congressional testimony April 29. 

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