|USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS-65)|
USNS Mary Sears
|Owner:||United States Navy|
|Operator:||Military Sealift Command|
|Awarded:||21 December 1998|
|Laid down:||28 July 1999|
|Launched:||19 October 2000|
|In service:||17 December 2001|
|Status:||in active service|
|Class & type:||Pathfinder-class survey ship|
|Displacement:||5,000 long tons|
|Length:||329 ft (100 m)|
|Beam:||58 ft (18 m)|
|Draft:||19 ft (5.8 m)|
|Speed:||16 kn (30 km/h)|
|Complement:||26 mariners/27 sponsor personnel|
USNS Mary Sears (T-AGS 65) is a Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship. It is the sixth ship of its class. Mary Sears is named after Commander Mary Sears of the United States Naval Reserve, who was instrumental in the development of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and is regarded as one of the initial oceanographers in the United States Navy. The ship has sonar, underwater metal detection and satellite imagery capabilities.
In mid January 2007, the Mary Sears deployed to Sulawesi, Indonesia to aid in the search for the missing Adam Air Flight 574  On January 24, 2007, it was reported by the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta that Mary Sears reported detecting pinger signals, at a depth of 1,700 metres (5,600 ft) on the same frequency as those of the lost aircraft's cockpit voice recorder, located in the area where the aircraft is believed to have gone down. Additionally, the Mary Sears had also detected "heavy debris scattered over a wide area".
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- Indonesia steps up search for missing plane - Swissinfo
- http://www.leadingthecharge.com/ViewArticle.aspx?id=41721&source=2 Crashed jetliner found in Indonesia Obtained 11 January 2007
- "Jakarta plans to retrieve recorder". CNN.com. January 26, 2007. http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/01/26/indonesia.plane.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2007-01-26. [dead link]
- "U.S. picks up signal of missing jet". CNN.com. January 25, 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-01-27. http://web.archive.org/web/20070127201117/http://www.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/asiapcf/01/25/indonesia.plane/index.html. Retrieved 2007-01-25.
- 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.
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