New Oceanographic Ship Christened By MSC At Avondale

The oceanographic research ship USNS Waters (T-AGS 45) was recently christened by the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command (MSC) at Avondale Industries, Inc., New Orleans, La.

The principal speaker at the ceremony was MSC's commanding officer, Vice Adm. Francis R.

Donovan, USN, and the ship was sponsored by: Carol Weir Waters, Martha Waters Philipps, Ann Waters Scott and Dabney Waters Schmitt, all daughters of the ship's namesake, Rear Adm. Odale D. Waters Jr. Admiral Waters organized the Navy's oceanographic efforts into one centralized command while Oceanographer of the Navy between 1965 and 1970.

Upon delivery the Waters will join MSC's 20-ship Special Mission Support Force and will conduct acoustic, hydrographic and oceanographic surveys and other scientific and experimental operations under the direction of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

The Waters has a length of 442 feet, a beam of 69 feet and a 21-foot draft when fully loaded. She is ice strengthened and powered by two electro-propulsion motors that give her a sustained speed of 13.2 knots.

The ship will carry a crew of 57 civilian mariners, 21 scientists and a six-man military communication detachment.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 13,  Jul 1992

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