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USNS Capable (T-AGOS-16)

Flag Hoist/International Radio Call Sign:
November - Kilo - Sierra - Zulu
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

National Defense Service Medal

Stalwart Class Ocean Surveillance Ship:
  • Laid down, 17 October 1987, at Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, MS.
  • Launched, 28 October 1988
  • Delivered to the Navy, 9 June 1989
  • Assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Capable (T-AGOS-16)
  • Placed out of service, struck from the Naval Register and transferred to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 14 September 2004
  • Renamed NOAA Research Ship Okeanos Explorer, commissioned 13 August 208 at Seattle WA.
    Displacement 1,565 t.(lt) 2,535t.(fl)
    Length 224'
    Beam 43'
    Draft 15'
    Speed 11kts
    Armament none
    USNS 18 Civilian Mariners, 15 Navy
    NOAA 46 Crew and Mission Support
    Propulsion diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600hp
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    USNS Capable (T-AGOS-16)
    Capable 79k Capable (T-AGOS-16) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Capable 143k Capable (T-AGOS-16) underway, date and location unknown.
    A copy of this photo is available from Atlantic Fleet Sales, Norfolk, VA.
    Photo ©Atlantic Fleet Sales
    Submitted by Robert M. Cieri
    Capable 140k USNS Capable (T-AGOS-16) underway, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    NOAA web site
    NOAA Okeanos Explorer (R-337)
    Capable 140k Ex- USNS Capable (T-AGOS-16) while undergoing conversation to NOAA Okeanos Explorer (R-337) at Seattle, WA.
    Image courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
    NOAA web site
    Capable 325k NOAA Okeanos Explorer (R-337) underway, 9 August 2009, location unknown. Note the satellite dome over her bridge.
    NOAA photo.
    Robert Hurst
    Capable 36k NOAA Okeanos Explorer (R-337) underway, date and location unknown.
    NOAA photo.
    Robert Hurst

    There is no DANFS history available for Capable (T-AGOS-16) at NavSource
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

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