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USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3)
USCGC Vindicator (WMEC-3)
NOAA Hi'Ialakai (R-334)

USNS/USCGC Vindicator International Radio Call Sign:
November - Oscar - Delta - Foxtrot

NOAA Hi'Ialakai International Radio Call Sign:
Whiskey - Tango - Echo - Yankee
USNS Vindicator - Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

USCGC Vindicator - Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Coast Guard Unit Commendation (16 to 20 May 1994)

Stalwart Class Ocean Surveillance Ship:
  • Laid down, 14 April 1984, at Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 1 June 1984
  • Delivered to the Navy, 21 November 1984
  • Assigned to MSC and placed in service as USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3)
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the US Coast Guard, 30 June 1993
  • Commissioned USCGC Vindicator (WMEC-3), date unknown
  • Transferred by the US Coast Guard to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in October 2001 and converted to support NOAA research
  • Renamed Hi'Ialakai (R-334), homeported at Honolulu, HI.
    Displacement 1,565 t.(lt) 2,535t.(fl)
    Length 224'
    Beam 43'
    Draft 15'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Range 8000 nm
    Endurance 50 days
    AGOS - 18 Civilian 15 Navy
    NOAA - 6 Officers, 3 Engineers, 15 Crew, 22 Scientists
    Propulsion diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600hp
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    USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3)
    Vindicator 387k Aerial port quarter view of USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3) under way, 6 May 1985
    DVIC photo # DNSC8508573 from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Vindicator 351k Aerial starboard bow view of USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3) underway, 6 May 1985.
    DVIC photo # DNSC8508572 from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    USCGC Vindicator (WMEC-3)
    Vindicator 61k Aerial view of USCGC Vindicator (WMEC-3) moored at Windward Piers, US. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, 26 July 1994.
    DVIC photo # DN-ST-98-02144 (cropped) by PHCS D.W. Holmes II, from the collections of the Defense Visual Information Center.
    Orlando Gallardo, Jr.
    NOAA Ship Hi'Ialakai (R-334)
    Vindicator 60k Ex-USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3) underway off Hawaii as the NOAA Research Ship, Hi'Ialakai (R-334), date unknown.
    NOAA photo
    NOAA web site

    There is no DANFS history for USNS Vindicator (T-AGOS-3) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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