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USNS Able (T-AGOS-20)

International Radio Call Sign:
November - Alpha - Bravo - Lima
Awards, Citations and Campaign Ribbons

Navy Unit Commendation - National Defense Service Medal

Victorious Class Ocean Surveillance Ship:
  • Laid down, 23 March 1989, at Mc Dermott Shipyards, Morgan City, LA.
  • Launched, 16 February 1991
  • Delivered to the Navy, 22 July 1992, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and placed in service as USNS Able (T-AGOS-20)
  • Placed out of service, August 2004
  • Laid up in the Reserve Fleet at NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, Philadelphia, PA. Maintenance Category B
  • Withdrawn from reserve and re-activated, 19 March 2007, as USNS Able (T-AGO)S-20)
  • Towed to Detyens Shipyard, Charleston, S.C. and converted to deploy the SURTASS system
  • Completed in early 2008
    Displacement 3,100 t.(lt) 3,384 t.(fl)
    Length 234'
    Beam 93' 6"
    Draft 25' (max)
    Speed 10 kts (3 kts when towing array)
    Armament none
    Civilian mariners 19 - 22
    Navy personnel 15
    Technicians 5
    two Diesel-electric engines
    two shafts, 1,600shp

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    Able 1865k USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) underway during acceptance sea trials, 18 Mar 1992. Photograph taken by Mc Dermott Shipyards.
    US Navy photo
    Robert Hurst
    Able 84k USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) underway, circa 1992-2004, location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    MSC web site
    Able 2769k USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) crew members use fire fighting hoses to deter simulated attackers in a rigid hull inflatable boat. Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) provided a training exercise designed to practice repelling possible boarders without using lethal force.
    US Navy photo # 090531-N-2638R-003 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2009) by MC2 Bryan Reckard.
    Lee Wahler
    Able 1920k USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG-89) depart USNS Able (T-AGOS 20) after completing a VBSS drill aboard the vessel.
    US Navy photo # 090531-N-2638R-005 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2009) by MC2 Bryan Reckard.
    Lee Wahler
    170116-N-ED185-022 TOKYO BAY, Japan (Jan. 16, 2016)
    303k USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) prepares to moor onboard Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Able is visiting Yokosuka for a port visit to promote stability and security in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, demonstrate commitment to regional partners, and foster relationships in the area.
    US Navy photo #'s 170116-N-ED185-022 TOKYO BAY, Japan (Jan. 16, 2016) and 170116-N-ED185-085 TOKYO BAY, Japan (Jan. 16, 2016) by MC2 Brian G. Reynolds
    Lee Wahler
    170116-N-ED185-085 TOKYO BAY, Japan (Jan. 16, 2016)

    USNS Able (T-AGOS-20)
    Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS)
    Crew Contact And Reunion Information
    U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation - Navy Log

    Additional Resources and Web Sites of Interest
    US Navy Fact File - Ocean Surveillance Ships - T-AGOS
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