$61,4-Million Contract Awarded Maersk Line By Military Sealift Command

Maersk Line, Limited of Madison, N.J., has been awarded a $61.4- million contract for the operation and maintenance of 12 ocean surveillance ships (T-AGOS). The contract performance period is three years with the first ship being turned over approximately October 1, 1989, and the last in September 1990.

Ocean surveillance ships are the platform and means of transportation for the Surveillance Towed Array System (SURTASS), a passive underwater sensor that gathers underwater acoustical data and transmits it ashore for evaluation. The ships carry a civilian crew of 21 and 12 SURTASS technicians assigned to the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command.

The names of the 12 T-AGOS ships are: USNS Audacious, Assertive, Assurance, Bold, Contender, Indomitable, Invincible, Persistent, Prevail, Stalwart, Triumph, and Vindicator.

T-AGOS ships operate worldwide in 90-day mission cycles to support the antisubmarine warfare mission of the Commanders-in-Chief of the Atlantic and Pacific Fleets. The Fleet Commanders direct the operations of the ships through the issuance of classified mission operation orders.

Non-mission related activities, including U.S. port maintenance and repair periods, will be directed by the Commander of the Military Sealift Command.

"The T-AGOS ships are vital to the U.S. Navy's mission," said Vice Adm. Paul D. Butcher, USN, Commander, Military Sealift Command.

The 224-foot ships operate under arduous conditions and provide invaluable data to the fleet commanders. They are hardworking and important fleet assets."

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 33,  Oct 1989

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