Ocean Survey Ship, USNS Tanner, Launched By Beth-Sparrows Point

The U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) recently christened the ocean survey ship USNS Tanner (T-AGS-40) at ceremonies at Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Sparrows Point, Md., shipyard.

Rear Adm. Richard F. Pittenger, Oceanographer of the Navy, was the principal speaker. The Honorable Mimi W. Dawson, former Deputy Secretary of Transportation, was the ship's sponsor. Vice Adm. Paul D. Butcher, USN, Commander, Military Sealift Command, represented the MSC.

The 499-foot, 15,821-ton-clisplacement USNS Tanner is to conduct ocean surveys and gather essential geophysical and other scientific data. Among other things, this type of information is used to map the deep ocean floor. The Tanner is expected to join the MSC's ship Special Mission Support Force in 1990.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 9,  Dec 1989

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