USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T-AGS-64)

USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T-AGS 64) is a Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship. It is the fifth ship in the class.

USNS Bruce C. Heezen
United States
Namesake: Bruce C. Heezen
Owner: United States Navy
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 13 January 1997
Builder: Halter Marine
Laid down: 19 August 1997
Launched: 25 March 1999
In service: 13 January 2000
Status: in active service
General characteristics
Class and type: Pathfinder-class survey ship
Displacement: 5,000 long tons
Length: 329 ft (100 m)
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m)
Speed: 16 kn (30 km/h)
Complement: 26 mariners/27 sponsor personnel


She is named after Bruce C. Heezen, who was the leader of the team from Columbia University that discovered the Mid-Atlantic Ridge during the 1950s. The ship was the first Navy vessel to be named by civilians. Nine students from Oaklawn Elementary School in Cranston, RI named the ship after winning a contest sponsored by the Navy. Amanda Baillargeon, James Coogan, Meagan Durigan, Stephen Fish, Patricia Gumbley, John Lucier, Sara Piccirilli, Dana Scott, and Rebecca Webber were led by their teacher Marilyn Remick.


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