USNS Thomas Washington (T-AGOR-10)
|Name:||USNS Thomas Washington|
|Namesake:||Admiral Thomas Washington|
|Builder:||Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wisconsin|
|Laid down:||12 September 1963|
|Launched:||1 August 1964|
|Sponsored by:||Misses Barbara E. and Ann H. Washington, granddaughters of Admiral Washington|
|Acquired:||by the Navy, 17 September 1965|
|In service:||Transferred to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, California. The ship was manned by a civilian crew and operated under the cognizance of the Oceanographer of the Navy,|
|Out of service:||not known|
|Struck:||1 August 1992|
|Fate:||Transferred to the Navy of Chile, 22 September 1992. Renamed Vidal Gormaz (AGOR 60).|
Vidal Gormaz (AGOR 60)
|Name:||Vidal Gormaz (AGOR-60)|
|Decommissioned:||30 August 2010|
|Identification:||IMO number: 7742164|
|Status:||Scrapped in Puerto Montt Bay, Chile 2012.|
|Type:||Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship|
|Tons burthen:||1,370 tons|
|Propulsion:||diesel-electric, single propeller, 2,500shp, retractable azimuth-compensating bow thruster|
|Complement:||23 civilian mariners, 38 scientists|
USNS Thomas Washington (T-AGOR-10) was a Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1965 and transferred to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, while still under the control of the Navy. After her service to the U.S. Navy, she served in the Chilean Navy.
Laid down in Marinette, Wisconsin
Thomas Washington (AGOR-10) was laid down on 12 September 1963 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by the Marinette Marine Corp.; launched on 1 August 1964; sponsored jointly by Misses Barbara E. and Ann H. Washington, granddaughters of Admiral Thomas Washington; and delivered to the Navy on 17 September 1965.
Transferred to the University of California
Transferred to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, of the University of California, soon thereafter, Thomas Washington operated under the control of the Oceanographer of the Navy, with a civilian crew, conducting research experiments in support of the national oceanographic programs of the United States.
Thomas Washington was struck by the Navy 1 August 1992 and, shortly thereafter, on 22 September 1992, she was sold and transferred to the government of Chile. She was renamed Vidal Gormaz (AGOR-60) by the Chilean Navy.
Vidal Gormaz was decommissioned by the Chilean Navy on 30 August 2010. As of November 2012 she is being broken up at Chinquique, Puerto Montt.
- This article incorporates text from the public domain Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - T-AGOR-10 Thomas Washington