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MSC operates 24 Special Missions ships. These ships provide operating platforms and services for unique U.S. military and federal government missions. Ships include: oceanographic and hydrographic survey ships, a cable-laying ship, missile range instrumentation ships, ocean surveillance ships, counter drug ships and some chartered vessels for unique U.S. government operations, including deep water search and rescue missions and Navy submarine test support escort.

Most Special Missions ships are crewed by civilian mariners employed by companies under contract to MSC; a few of the ships are crewed by civil service mariners. Technical work, research and communications are conducted by embarked military personnel, including civilian scientists and related technicians

Acoustic Survey Ships
USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) ex-T-AGOR-16
Cable Repair Ships
USNS Zeus (T-ARC-7)
Command Ships
LCC-20 Mount Whitney
High-speed Vessels
HST-1 Guam
HST-2 Puerto Rico
HSV-2 Swift
HSV-4676 Westpac Express
Missile Range Instrumentation Ships
USNS Observation Island (T-AGM-23) ex-E-AG-154
USNS Invincible (T-AGM-24) ex T-AGOS-10
USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM-25)
Navigation Test Support Ships
USNS Waters (T-AGS-45)
Ocean Surveillance Ships
USNS Victorious (T-AGOS-19)
USNS Able (T-AGOS-20)
USNS Effective (T-AGOS-21)
USNS Loyal (T-AGOS-22)
USNS Impeccable (T-AGOS-23)
MV Cory Chouest
Submarine and Special Warfare Support Vessels
USNS Black Powder (T-AGSE-1)
USNS Westwind (T-AGSE-2)
USNS Eagleview (T-AGSE-3)
USNS Arrowhead (T-AGSE-4)
SSV C-Champion
SSV C-Commando
MV Carolyn Chouest
MV Dolores Chouest
MV Kellie Chouest
HOS Dominator (T-ARC-1)
MV Malama
Down Range Support Program Ship
TB Megan Beyel
Submarine Tenders
USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)
Survey Ships
USNS John McDonnell (T-AGS-51)
USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS-60)
USNS Sumner (T-AGS-61)
USNS Bowditch (T-AGS-62)
USNS Henson (T-AGS-63)
USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T-AGS-64)
USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65)
USNS Maury (T-AGS-66)
Sea based X-band Radar Platform

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