USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)

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For other ships with the same name, see USS Bowditch.
USNS Bowditch at sea
USNS Bowditch at Sea
History
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
General characteristics
Class and 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. 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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