Navy oceanographic ship christened, launched
Published: March 28,2013
MOSS POINT — VT Halter Marine has christened and launched the seventh in a series of new oceanographic vessels for the Navy.
The ceremony was held at VT Halter’s shipyard in Moss Point.
The U.S. Naval Ship Maury, a T-AGS 66, is named for Cmdr. Matthew Fontaine Maury. Maury was an astronomer, historian, oceanographer and cartographer in the Navy. He is known as the “pathfinder of the seas” and the “father of modern oceanography,” according to Halter Marine.
Maury died in 1873. The VT Halter ship is the sixth vessel to be named after him.
The ship is expected to be delivered in January.
VT Halter has built 6 of the original vessels, which the Navy uses for oceanographic sampling and data collection.
The 353-foot-long, all-steel vessel carries a crew of 67.
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