U.S. Navy Accepts Delivery of New Vessel USNS Howard O. Lorenzen

The Navy accepted the delivery of missile range instrumentation ship USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM 25) on  Jan. 10th. Constructed by VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss., T-AGM 25 will be the replacement for the existing USNS Observation Island, which was launched in 1953. The ship will provide worldwide, high-quality, dual-band radar data in support of ballistic missile treaty verification.

This ship brings critical new technology to the fleet in an innovative design,” said Frank McCarthey, the Auxiliary Ships, Small Boats, and Craft program manager for the Navy’s Program Executive Office (PEO) Ships. “She is a well-built ship; we expect the USNS Howard O. Lorenzen to perform well.”

Accepting delivery of this ship represents the official transfer of T-AGM 25 from the shipbuilder to the Navy and is a major milestone in the ship’s transition to operational status. The ship was christened in June 2010 by the ship’s sponsor, Susan Lorenzen Black, daughter of ship’s namesake, the late Dr. Howard O. Lorenzen, a distinguished Naval Research Laboratory scientist.

Ship delivery follows completion of acceptance trials in November 2011. The ship is currently at Kiewit Offshore Services in Corpus Christi, Texas, for planned radar installation, integration, and testing. The government-provided communications suite is complete.

The 12,575-ton, 534-foot ship is crewed and operated by Military Sealift Command. Currently crewed by civil service mariners, Lorenzen is expected to transition to a crew of commercial mariners working for private companies under contract to MSC when the ship achieves initial operational capability in 2013.

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Delivering high-quality war fighting assets – while balancing affordability and capability – are key to supporting the Navy’s Maritime Strategy.

Shipbuilding Tribune Staff, January 13, 2011; Image: navsea

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

Posted on January 13, 2012

In Depth>

Events>

<< May 2017 >>
MTWTFSS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
8 9 10 11 12 13 14
15 16 17 18 19 20 21
22 23 24 25 26 27 28
29 30 31 1 2 3 4

CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Americas Summit

Now in its 15th year, the CWC World LNG & Gas Series: Americas Summit is the longest running LNG event in the Americas region.

Bringing together the key players in the LNG & gas value chain in both the Americas region and globally, this is the perfect place to make new contacts, do deals and get essential updates on the market.

This year we return to Houston, TX once again on 20-23 June 2017 – the heart of the energy industry, making it easier than ever to access they key players in your business.

More info

read more >

Nor-Shipping 2017

Nor-Shipping is the leading maritime event week. Their top-quality exhibition, high-level conferences and prime networking opportunities…

read more >

2ND ANNUAL PORTS AND TERMINALS INSURANCE SEMINAR

DETAILED GUIDANCE ON HOW THE INSURANCE MARKET IS CHANGING, HOW RISKS ARE ASSESSED AND WHAT…

read more >

2ND ANNUAL ADVANCED CHARTERING MASTERCLASS

The Advanced Chartering Masterclass will focus on the particularly difficult issues in charterparty agreements and our experts will help you find solutions…

read more >