MSC Awards $41.7-Million Contract To Sea Mobility To Operate T-AGOS Ships

The Navy's Military Sealift Command has awarded a $41.7-million contract to Sea Mobility, Inc. of Houston for the operation and maintenance of 12 T-AGOS-1 Class ocean surveillance ships. The contract took effect February 1 this year and will continue through September 30, 1989.

T-AGOS ships are the platform and transportation for SURTASS, a passive undersea surveillance system. The 12 ships will operate worldwide, alternating their missions at sea with calls at overseas ports. Six of the vessels will be homeported in Pearl Harbor and six in Little Creek, Va.

All 12 ships are being built for the Navy by Tacoma Boat Building Company in Washington. Three have been delivered to MSC, the remaining nine will be completed over the next two and one-half years.

An MSC-employed Civil Service crew will man each ship for the first 11 months following delivery, after which it will be turned over to Sea Mobility for operation by its employees. In addition to the operating crew of about 18, each ship will carry seven SURTASS technicians.

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