USNS Victorious (T-AGOS-19)
|Awarded:||31 October 1986|
|Builder:||McDermott Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana|
|Laid down:||12 April 1988|
|Launched:||3 May 1988|
|Acquired:||13 August 1991|
|Status:||in active service|
|Notes:||assigned by the U.S. Navy to the Special Missions Program|
|Type:||Victorious-class ocean surveillance ship|
|Length:||235 ft (72 m) (overall)|
|Beam:||94 ft (29 m)|
|Draft:||25 ft (7.6 m) (max)|
|Propulsion:||diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600hp|
|Speed:||9.6 knots (17.8 km/h; 11.0 mph)|
|Complement:||19 civilian mariners, 5 sponsors|
Built in Morgan City, Louisiana
Victorious was built by McDermott Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana. She was laid down on 12 April 1988 and launched on 3 May 1988 and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 13 August 1991.
Victorious was manned by 19 civilian mariners under the control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and staffed with five sponsors.
Incidents with China
On March 4, 2009, Victorious was involved in one of a string of incidents between US research ships and Chinese ships. While operating in international waters, roughly 120 miles off the coast of mainland China in the Yellow Sea, a Chinese Bureau of Fisheries Patrol vessel used a high-intensity spotlight to illuminate the entire length of Victorious several times. The following day, a Chinese Y-12 maritime surveillance aircraft conducted 12 fly-bys of Victorious at an altitude of about 400 feet (120 m) and a range of 500 yards.
In May 2009, Victorious was again harassed by Chinese ships, this time while operating in the Yellow Sea. The Chinese vessels repeatedly approached Victorious at as close as 30 yards in heavy fog, at one point stopping in its path, forcing Victorious to stop to avoid a collision.
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- "Chinese boats harassed U.S. ship, officials say - CNN.com". CNN. 5 May 2009. Retrieved 27 May 2010.
- "USNS VICTORIOUS (T-AGOS 19)". Naval Vessel Register. United States Navy. March 16, 1998. Retrieved 2009-03-09.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - T-AGOS-19 Victorious
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