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USNS Hayes (T-AG-195)
USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) (1971 - 1992)

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

National Defense Service Medal

Hayes Class Oceanographic Research Ship:
  • Laid down, 12 November 1969, at Todd Shipyards, Corp., Seattle, WA.
  • Launched, 2 July 1970
  • Delivered to the Navy, 21 July 1971 and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16)
  • Assigned to the Ready Reserve, 10 June 1983
  • Custody transferred to the Maritime Administration (MARAD) in 1984 for lay up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, VA.
  • Reacquired by the Navy during FY86 and converted to an Acoustic Research Ship
  • Placed in service by MSC as USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) in early 1992
  • Hayes performed acoustic research in support of the submarine noise reduction program
  • Inactivated and struck from the Naval Register, 3 December 2008
  • Laid up at NAVSEA Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Final Disposition, Ex-USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) departed Philadelphia NISMF for scrapping at Brownsville TX., 16 December 2021
    Displacement 2,329 t.(lt) 4,521 t.(fl)
    Length 246'
    Beam 75'
    Draft 22' (max)
    Speed 17 kts. (max)
    26 civilian mariners
    30 scientific party
    Diesel-electric, two Caterpillar diesel engines, 3,620hp
    two generators, two Westinghouse electric motors, 2,400hp
    two auxiliary diesel (for creep speed) 330hp
    two propellers

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    USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16)
    Hayes 114k

    Dr. Harvey Cornelius Hayes began his career with the Navy during WW I, working at the Navy Experimental Station located at Fort Trumbull, New London, Connecticut. After the war he continued his efforts at the Navy Experimental Station in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Hayes became the first superintendent of the Naval Research Laboratory’s Sound Division when the laboratory opened in 1923 and served in that position for 24 years, retiring in 1947. Dr. Hayes research included a broad range of acoustic research topics. In addition to the sonic depth finder and the development of operational sonar’s for the Navy, he also explored diverse areas such as lamination defects in metal plates, electrodynamics sound projectors, sound radiation from ships propellers, acoustically transparent materials for sonar domes, microphones and accelerometers. Dr. Hayes is recognized as the first person to accumulate any substantial amount data at sea and was later responsible for one of the two operational sonar equipments used by the Navy at the outbreak of World War II. Admiral Karl Doenitz, Grand Admiral of the German Navy, said “… the enemy has rendered the U-boat ineffective, not by superior tactics or strategy, but through superiority in the field of science, which finds its expression in the modern battle weapon—detection.” These are among the highest words of tribute to the genius and inventiveness of the Navy’s acoustic pioneers spearheaded by Dr. Hayes.
    Bill Gonyo
    Hayes 225k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16), artist's conception sketch, circa 1968.
    US Naval History and Heritage Command Photo # NH 79134
    Robert Hurst
    Hayes 303k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16), launching at Todd Shipyards, Seattle, 2 July 1970.
    US Navy photo
    CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hayes 139k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) fitting out at Todd Shipyards, Seattle, WA., circa 1970-71.
    Todd Shipyards Corp. photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Hayes 360k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) under way for sea trials, aerial port quarter view, November 1970.
    US Navy photo
    CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hayes 256k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) under way, head on view, sea trials, November 1970.
    US Navy photo
    CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hayes 301k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) under way during sea trials in November 1970, port quarter view.
    US Navy photo
    CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hayes 340k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) under way during sea trials, aerial port bow view, November 1970.
    US Navy photo
    CDR. Louis D. Chirillo USN Ret
    Hayes 41k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) under way in August 1972, location unknown. Robert Hurst
    111k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) underway, circa 1974.
    U.S. Navy All Hands magazine May 1974, p. 49.
    Robert Hurst
    203k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) underway off Norfolk, VA., date unknown.
    ©Nobe Smith.
    Nicholas Tiberio
    Hayes 70k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) underway during sea trials, aerial port bow view.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Lynch 62k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) under way with USNS Lynch (T-AGOR-7) in foreground. Bill Valashinas
    Hayes 306k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) Welcome Aboard brochure, cover and pages 1 and 2 Carl R Friberg Jr
    Hayes 466k USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16) Welcome Aboard brochure inside pages 3 through 6 Carl R Friberg Jr
    USNS Hayes (T-AG-195)
    256k The Acoustic Research Ship USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) in port, location unknown, 16 July 2008.
    Photo by Rennett Stowe
    Robert Hurst
    Hayes 100k USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) underway, aerial port bow view.
    US Navy photo
    Hayes 170k Ex-USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) under tow at Hampton Roads, VA., 3 December 2008, after her inactivation on the same date. Ex-Hayes was towed to the Naval Ship Inactive Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA. for lay up. Photo by Mabel Clark
    316k Ex-USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) moored at Navy Inactive Ships Onsite Maintenance Officer Philadelphia, Philadelphia Navy Yard Wharf “N”, 3 June 2020 Photos by Joseph J. LaPenna Jr.

    There is no DANFS history available for USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16 / T-AG-195) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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