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USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Yankee - Golf - Golf
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Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons


Precedence of awards is from top to bottom, left to right
Top Row - Navy Battle "E" Ribbon
Bottom Row - National Defense Service Medal - Southwest Asia Service Medal - Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)


Chauvenet Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 24 May 1967, at Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Corp., Glasgow, Scotland
  • Launched, 13 May 1969
  • Delivered to the US Navy, 13 November 1970 and placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29)
  • Placed out of service and struck from the Naval Register, date unknown
  • Title transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet
  • Converted to a training ship for Texas A&M University, Galveston, TX., in 1999 and renamed MV TS Texas Clipper II
  • To be replaced by TS Texas Clipper III ex-USNS Sirius (AFS-8) mid July 2005
  • Ex-USNS Chauvenet was used to house Hurricane Rita recovery workers/evacuees from September 2005-March 2006
  • Released from hurricane work and towed to a shipyard, 18 March 2006, for reactivation and conversion as the DOD Missile Defense Agency's Missile Instrumentation Ship MV Pacific Collector
    Specifications:
    Displacement 5,360 t.
    Length 393' 2"
    Beam 54'
    Draft 31'
    Propulsion
    two ALCO 251 V-12 Diesel engines
    single propeller, 3,400shp

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    USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29)
    Chauvenet  
    Namesake
    William Chauvenet (1820-1870) was one of the finest mathematical minds produced in the United States prior to the Civil War. He was instrumental in the founding of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD. The mathematics department of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis was founded by Chauvenet and is housed in Chauvenet Hall.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Chauvenet 337k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) drydocked at the Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Corp., Glasgow, Scotland in 1968. Michael Marshall
    Chauvenet 194k
    Chauvenet 345k
    Chauvenet 210k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) launching at Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Corp., Glasgow, Scotland, Govan Yard, England, 13 May 1969.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1137297, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Chauvenet 188k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) is waterborne following her launching at Govan Yard, England, 13 May 1969.
    US National Archives photo # USN 1137299, a US Navy Bureau of Ships photo now in the collections of the US National Archives.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command
    Chauvenet 295k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) and USNS Harkness (T-AGS-32) fitting out at the Upper Clyde Shipbuilding Corp., Glasgow, Scotland in 1969. Michael Marshall
    Chauvenet 206k
    Chauvenet 155k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) under way on the Clyde River, near Glasgow for her first sea trials, in 1969. Michael Marshall
    Chauvenet 108k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) under way, circa 1970, location unknown.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command photo # NH 85027. Courtesy of Donald McPherson, 1976.
    Michael Marshall
    Chauvenet 66k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ramon Jackson
    Chauvenet 44k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Ramon Jackson
    Chauvenet 73k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo from DANFS.
    Joe Radigan MACM USN Ret.
    Chauvenet 94k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) under way in the Sea of Japan, circa 1975. Jamie Orphanos
    Chauvenet 94k
    Chauvenet 306k USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) 36 foot boat, circa 1975. Jamie Orphanos
    Chauvenet 247k
    Chauvenet 263k Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) - HSL-31 helicopter assigned to USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29), circa 1975. Jamie Orphanos
    Chauvenet 182k
    TS Texas Clipper II
    Chauvenet 37k Ex-USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) in service as TS Texas Clipper II underway, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Chauvenet 11k TS Texas Clipper II moored, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Chauvenet 52k TS Texas Clipper II moored, date and location unknown. Texas A&M University, Galveston
    Chauvenet 12k TS Texas Clipper II underway with a tug assisting Texas A&M University, Galveston
    Chauvenet 71k TS Texas Clipper II moored pierside at Le Havre, France, 16 July 1999. Photo & Collection Paolo Marsan
    Chauvenet 27k TS Texas Clipper II moored, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Chauvenet 48k TS Texas Clipper II moored, date and location unknown.
    MARAD photo
    US Maritime Administration
    Sirius 33k Ex-Sirius (T-AFS-8) alongside TS Texas Clipper II at Galveston, date unknown. TJ Tropea RM1 USN Ret.
    Chauvenet 216k TS Texas Clipper II moored pierside, at the Port of Lake Charles, LA. to be used as FEMA housing for city and county government employees who are homeless because of Hurricane Rita, 9 October 2005. Photo taken by Marvin Nauman from the FEMA Photo Library. Robert Hurst
    MV Pacific Collector
    Chauvenet 153k Ex-Texas Clipper II [USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29)] in service as the Department of Defense Missile Defense Agency's ship MV Pacific Collector moored at her homeport, Alameda, CA., 5 and 6 September 2006. Andrew Diamond
    Chauvenet 148k
    Chauvenet 122k
    Chauvenet 71k
    Chauvenet 68k
    Chauvenet 47k
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    Chauvenet 95k MV Pacific Collector passing under the Golden Gate Bridge at San Francisco as she heads out to sea in May 2007. Bob Miller

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Chauvenet (T-AGS-29) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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