USNS John McDonnell (T-AGS-51)
|Name:||USNS John McDonnell|
|Namesake:||Capt. John McDonnell|
|Awarded:||10 November 1988|
|Builder:||Halter Marine Moss Point, Mississippi.|
|Laid down:||3 August 1989|
|Launched:||13 December 1990|
|In service:||15 November 1991|
|Out of service:||25 August 2010|
|Struck:||25 August 2010|
|Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (2), Southwest Asia Service Medal, Armed Forces Service Medal (2)|
|Status:||Active as fishing vessel|
|Displacement:||2,054 tons full|
|Length:||208 ft 5 in (63.53 m)|
|Beam:||45 ft (14 m)|
|Draft:||34 ft 10 in (10.62 m) maximum|
|Propulsion:||1 GM EMD 12-645E6 diesel; 2,500 horsepower (1.9 MW) sustained; 1 auxiliary diesel; 230 horsepower (172kW); 1 shaft.|
|Speed:||12 knots (22 km/h)|
|Complement:||22 Civilians, 11 Scientists|
The John McDonnell has been used by the military as primary a scientific ship. Its role has varied but is mostly dominated with the task of surveying the worlds underwater geological features using side scan radar. This information provides valuable navigation information and charts for both military and civilian ships to navigate unfamiliar territory. These ships were built to fill in the holes in the navigation charts. The John McDonnell has even aided in the location of two downed F-16s in the Northern Persian Gulf in 1993 and the wreckage of a Navy helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz in 1994. Two years later, it located a crashed F-14 in the Central Persian Gulf. In 2008, it helped locate a crashed Philippine C-130 Hercules in the Davao Gulf.
The Navy deactivated the ship on 25 August 2010 and as of August 2013, the General Services Administration was offering the ship at auction.
As of June 2016, the overhauled and re-christened Seafreeze America is owned by United States Seafoods and will serve as a fishing trawler in the Bering Sea fleet.
- "Navy ship embarks on new career in fishing fleet". The Seattle Times. 2016-06-02. Retrieved 2016-06-03.
- 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.
- USNS John McDonnell (TAGS 51) Oceanographic Survey Ships - T-AGS
- TAGS 51 John McDonnell Globalsecurity.org
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- USNS John McDonnell Photo Archive NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive
- Oceanographic survey ship USNS John McDonnell is deactivated
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