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USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Whiskey - Bravo - Whiskey
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Pathfinder Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 June 1993, at Halter Marine Inc., Moss Point, MS.
  • Launched, 15 October 1994
  • Delivered to the Navy, 19 July 1996
  • Placed in service with the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)
  • Bowditch is one of the seven survey ships of MSC's Special Mission Ships Program
    Displacement 1,981 t.(lt) 4,260 t.(fl)
    Length 329'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 18'
    Speed 16 kts.
    Complement 25 Civilian Mariners, 30 Scientific Party
    Propulsion four EMD Diesels (diesel-electric drive), 8,520kw, twin shafts

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    Bowditch - Nathaniel Bowditch (March 26, 1773 – March 16, 1838) was an early American mathematician remembered for his work on ocean navigation. He is often credited as the founder of modern maritime navigation; his book The New American Practical Navigator, first published in 1802, is still carried on board every commissioned U.S. Naval vessel. (Wikipedia)
    Bowditch 97k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Bowditch 16k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo.
    Oceanographer of the Navy
    Bowditch 61k USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) Photo by Lee Wahler
    262k Night photo of USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62) at a berth outside of Mare Island’s dry dock #2 and USS Emory S. Land (AS-39) in dry dock #2, 29 September 2020. Photo by Lee Ann Baker

    USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)
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