USNS Maury (T-AGS-66)

USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) is a Pathfinder-class oceanographic survey ship. It is the seventh ship in the class. Maury is named after Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury,[3] the "Father of Modern Oceanography" who famously resigned from the United States Navy to sail for the Confederacy.[4] Maury is the first oceanographic survey ship built since USNS Mary Sears, was launched in 2000. At approximately 350 feet (110 m), Maury is 24 feet (7.3 m) longer than its other sister ships in the same class. This modification is to accommodate a 300-square-foot (28 m2) moon pool for unmanned vehicle deployment and retrieval.[5]

USNS Maury on 2 November 2017
United States
Name: USNS Maury
Namesake: Matthew Fontaine Maury
Owner: United States Navy
Operator: Military Sealift Command
Awarded: 22 December 2009[1]
Builder: VT Halter Marine[1]
Laid down: 1 February 2011[1]
Launched: 27 March 2013 [2]
In service: February 2016
Status: In Service
General characteristics
Class and type: Pathfinder-class survey ship
Displacement: 5,000 tons full 3,019 light[1]
Length: 353 ft (108 m)[1]
Beam: 58 ft (18 m)[1]
Draft: 19 ft (5.8 m)[1]

Maury's keel was laid on 1 February 2011 in a ceremony at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Moss Point, Mississippi.[5] The hull was launched on 27 March 2013. It was delivered on 16 February 2016.[6] Maury is operated by the Military Sealift Command.

Maury completed its maiden voyage in June 2016.[7]


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  2. "VT Halter Marine launches T-AGS 66". MarineLog. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
  3. Affairs, This story was written by Team Ships Public. "USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) Delivered". Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  4. "Matthew Fontaine Maury Biography". Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  5. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (4 February 2011). "Keel Laid for New Navy Oceanographic Survey Ship". Navy News Service. Retrieved 5 February 2011.
  6. "USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) Delivered". US Navy. 17 February 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
  7. "Navy's Newest Oceanographic Vessel Sets Sail". US Navy. 9 June 2016. Retrieved 13 September 2016.
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