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USNS Maire Tharp (T-AGS-66)
USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) (2016 - 2023)

Pathfinder Class Hydrographic Survey Ship:
  • Laid down, 7 February 2011, at Halter Marine Inc., Moss Point, MS.
  • Launched, 26 March 2013
  • Completed acceptance trials, 6 November 2015
  • Delivered and accepted by the US Navy, 17 February 2016, placed in service with the Military Sealift Command as USNS Maury (T-AGS-66)
  • Renamed USNS Marie TharpI/i> (T-AGS-66) in March 2023
    Displacement 1,981 t.(lt) 4,260 t.(fl)
    Length 329'
    Beam 58'
    Draft 18
    Speed 16 kts
    Complement 28 civilian mariners, 27 scientific party
    Propulsion four EMD Diesels (diesel-electric drive), 8,520kw, twin shafts

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    Maury 138k

    Commander Matthew Fontaine Maury USN

    Comdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury, astronomer and hydrographer, was born in Spotsylvania County, Va., 14 January 1806. Appointed Midshipman 1 February 1825, he achieved the rank of Commander 14 September 1855. He was appointed Superintendent of the Department of Charts and Instruments in 1842, and upon the establishment of the Naval Observatory in 1844 became its first Superintendent, holding that position until his resignation in April 1861. During this period he published some of his best known scientific works, and his “Wind and Current Charts,” “Sailing Directions,” and “Physical Geography of the Sea” remain standard. He became world famous as “Pathfinder of the Seas,” the leading oceanographer of history. Following his resignation at the outbreak of the Civil War, he joined the Confederate Navy, in which he attained the rank of Commodore. At the end of the war he occupied the chair of physics at the Virginia Military Institute. He died at Lexington, Va., 1 February 1873.
    Bill Gonyo
    Maury 230k USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) launching, 26 March 2013, at Halter Marine Inc., Moss Point, MS.
    Courtesy Gary Stoltz, Navy Representative, at V.T. Halter Marine.
    Ron Reeves and
    Terry D. Gann
    Maury 225k
    Maury 220k
    Maury 200k
    Maury 256k USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) fitting out at the VT Halter Marine Inc., Moss Point, MS., 17 December 2013. At right is the new oil field support ship HOS Claymore. Photo taken by Chris Cavas from Intercepts Robert Hurst
    Maury 298k USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) leaving the V.T. Halter Ship Building at Moss Point in Pascagoula, Mississippi to the V.T. Halter Ship Yard. In Pascagoula, Mississippi.
    Photos by Navy Representative, David Stoltz, SSGC.
    Terry Gann
    Maury 181k
    Maury 90k USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) under way during builders trials in August 2015.. Terry Gann courtesy SSGS David L. Stoltz
    Maury 250k USNS Maury (T-AGS-66) arrives at Naval Station Norfolk after completing survey operations off the East Coast.
    IS Navy Photo # 171102-N-OH262-867 NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 2, 2017) by Bill Mesta.
    Lee Wahler

    USNS Maury (T-AGS-66)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Oceanographic Survey Ships - T-AGS

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