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USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5)

Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

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National Defense Service Medal

USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5) was transferred to Portugal, renamed NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho (A-523)
Stalwart Class Ocean Surveillance Ship:
  • Laid down, 16 April 1984, at Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 12 January 1985
  • Delivered to the Navy, 1 May 1985, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5)
  • Placed out of service, date unknown
  • Laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, Suisun Bay, Benecia, CA. in March 1994
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 January 1995
  • Transferred, 30 September 1999, under the Security Assistance Program to Portugal, renamed NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho (A-523)
  • Current Disposition, active Portuguese Navy
    Displacement 1,565 t.(lt) 2,285 t.(fl)
    Length 224'
    Beam 43'
    Draft 15'
    Speed 11 kts.
    Complement 18 Civilian 15 Navy
    Propulsion Diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600hp

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    USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5)
    Triumph 330k USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5) and USNS Triumph (T-AGOS-4) moored at Naval Station Pearl Harbor, HI., December 1990. Note; Assurance crew members painting the ships port anchor.
    US DOD # DNSC9205754 photo by OS2 John Bouvia USN, from the Defense Visual Information Center.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho (A523)
    Assurance 65k Ex-USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5) in Portuguese Naval service as NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho (A-523), moored pierside, date and location unknown.
    Portugal Navy photo
    LCDR Orlando Gallardo USN
    Assurance 226k NRP Almirante Gago Coutinho (A-523), moored pierside at Port of Pipas, Angra do Heroismo, Terceira, Azores, 17 July 2010.
    Photo courtesy of Carlos Luis M C da Cruz.
    Robert Hurst

    USNS Assurance (T-AGOS-5)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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