|USNS Indomitable (T-AGOS-7)|
USNS Indomitable (T-AGOS-7) departing Seattle, Washington.
|Name:||USNS Indomitable (T-AGOS-7)|
|Operator:||U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command|
|Builder:||Tacoma Boatbuilding Company, Tacoma, Washington|
|Laid down:||26 January 1985|
|Launched:||16 July 1985|
|Acquired:||26 November 1985 (delivered to U.S. Navy)|
|In service:||1 December 1985|
|Out of service:||2 December 2002|
|Fate:||Transferred to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 9 December 2002|
|Notes:||Has served as NOAA oceanographic research ship NOAAS McArthur II (R 330) since 2003|
|Class & type:||Stalwart-class ocean surveillance ship|
1,565 tons (light)|
2,535 tons (full load)
|Length:||224 ft (68 m)|
|Beam:||43 ft (13 m)|
|Draft:||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|Installed power:||1,600 horsepower (2.1 megawatts)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric: Two General Electric 800-horsepower (1.1-megawatt) diesel engines, two shafts|
|Complement:||33 (15 U.S. Navy personnel, 18 civilians)|
History[edit | edit source]
Indomitable was laid down by the Tacoma Boatbuilding Company at Tacoma, Washington on 26 January 1985 and launched on 16 July 1985. She was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 26 November 1985. She was placed in non-commissioned service in the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command as a United States Naval Ship with a mixed Navy and civilian crew on 1 December 1985.
Stalwart-class ships were originally designed to collect underwater acoustical data in support of Cold War anti-submarine warfare operations in the 1980s. Accordingly, Indomitable employed Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) equipment on Cold War underwater surveillance duties.
After the end of the Cold War in 1991, requirements for such surveillance declined. By 1998, Indomitable's SURTASS gear had been removed, and she had received an AN/SPS-49 radar for use in counternarcotics surveillance.
Indomitable was retired from service on 2 December 2002 and stricken from the Naval Vessel Register the same day. On 9 December 2002, she was transferred to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Later career[edit | edit source]
NOAA converted Indomitable into an oceanographic research ship. Renamed NOAAS McArthur II (R 330), she entered service in the NOAA fleet in May 2003. McArthur II is an active member of the NOAA Pacific Fleet.
References[edit | edit source]
- Wertheim, Eric, ed. The Naval Institute Guide to Combat Fleets of the World, 15th Edition: Their Ships, Aircraft, and Systems. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Institute Press, 2007. ISBN 978-1-59114-955-2. ISSN 1057-4581.
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- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive T-AGOS-7 Indomitable NOAA MacArthur II (R-330)
- NOAA Marine Operations NOAA Ship McArthur II
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