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USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Foxtrot - Sierra - Juliet
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Stalwart Class Ocean Surveillance Ship:
  • Laid down, 22 October 1984, at Tacoma Boat Building Co., Tacoma, WA.
  • Launched, 6 April 1985
  • Delivered to the Navy, 14 August 1985
  • Assigned to MSC and placed in service as USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6)
  • Placed out of service, 12 October 1994 and transferred to the US Coast Guard
  • Struck from the Naval Register, 6 January 1995
  • Transferred to the Maritime Administration for disposal, date unknown
  • Acquired by the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI.
  • Re-fitted by Petersen Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, WI.
  • Renamed T/S State of Michigan began service in 2004 as the training ship for the academy
  • Homeported at Traverse City
    Displacement 1,565 t.(lt) 2,535t.(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 Persistent (T-AGOS-6)
    Persistent 400k Elevated port bow view of USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6) under way, 1 December 1985, location unknown.
    US DOD photo # DNSC8603311 from the Defense Visual Information Center.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    Persistent 292k Elevated port bow view of USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6) under way, 1 December 1985, location unknown.
    US DOD photo # DNSC8603310.
    National Museum of the US Navy
    TS State of Michigan
    Persistent 126k Ex-USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6) in service as the Great Lakes Maritime Academy training ship TS State of Michigan, in her berth at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy, Traverse City, MI., date unknown. Robert Hurst
    62k Northwestern Michigan College's Great Lakes Campus as seen from Bryant Park in Traverse City, Michigan, also showing the Great Lakes Maritime Academy's teaching vessel, TS State of Michigan, 24 February 2007.
    Photo David J. Fred, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic.
    Robert Hurst
    135k TS State of Michigan moored pierside at Great Lakes Maritime Academy, 9 May 2008.
    Photo by starscream1211 (real name unknown),
    Robert Hurst
    Persistent 192k TS State of Michigan moored at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy pier at Northwest Michigan College, Traverse City, Michigan, 21 August 2011. Note the pilothouse of the old freighter Pontiac in the foreground.
    Photo by Royalbroil (real name unknown).
    Robert Hurst
    97k TS State of Michigan downbound in the Poe Lock, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., 20 June 2012.
    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District photo by Michelle Hill
    Robert Hurst
    94k TS State Michigan underway on the Detroit River heading towards Belle Isle, 21 May 2013.
    Photo by jodelli, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.
    Robert Hurst
    149k A crew from Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, MI., conducts hoist training with Great Lakes Maritime Academy cadets aboard the training vessel T/S State of Michigan in Grand Traverse Bay, 11 May 2015. The training allows the helicopter crew to simulate hoisting from larger commercial vessels while preparing the cadets for real-life scenarios.
    U.S Coast Guard photo 150511-G-ZZ999-001, courtesy of Air Station Traverse City.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history for USNS Persistent (T-AGOS-6) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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