NRP Dom Carlos I (A522)
|Awarded:||30 September 1987|
|Builder:||Tacoma Boatbuilding Company|
|Laid down:||29 February 1988|
|Launched:||28 January 1989|
|In service:||12 June 1989|
|Out of service:||9 December 1996|
|Struck:||6 February 1997|
|Fate:||Transferred to Portugal|
|Name:||NRP Dom Carlos I|
|Namesake:||King Charles I of Portugal|
|Status:||In service as a survey ship|
|Class and type:||Stalwart-class ocean surveillance ship|
|Displacement:||1565 tons (light) 2535 tons (full)|
|Length:||224 ft (68 m)|
NRP Dom Carlos I (A522) is the lead ship of the Portuguese Navy' Dom Carlos I-class survey vessels (ex-US Stalwart-class ocean surveillance ships) adapted in Portugal for the execution of hydrography and oceanography surveys). Before the transference to the Portuguese Navy, Dom Carlos I was USNS Audacious (T-AGOS-11) surveillance ship of the United States Navy.
USNS Audacious was a Stalwart-class modified tactical auxiliary general ocean surveillance ship of the United States Navy.
ex-USNS Audacious was transferred to the Portuguese Navy in 1996 and renamed Dom Carlos I in honor to Carlos I, King of Portugal and a pioneer scientist in the oceanography field. The refitting of Audacious for transfer to Portugal was completed at Detyens Shipyard on the site of the former Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston, South Carolina.
In Portugal, Almirante Gago Coutinho underwent adaptation works towards its transformation into a hydro-oceanographic ship, in the Alfeite Naval Arsenal. The first phase of the transformation was carried out in 2001 and the second phase in 2004.
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