USNS Able (T-AGOS-20)

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Name: USNS Able (T-AGOS-20)
Laid down: 23 March 1989
Launched: 16 February 1991
Acquired: 22 July 1992
Status: re-activated
General characteristics
Class and type: Victorious-class survey ship
Displacement: 3,346 long tons
Length: 235 ft (72 m)
Beam: 94 ft (29 m)
Draft: 25 ft (7.6 m)
Propulsion: diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600 hp
Speed: 9.6 knots
Complement: 24
Sensors and
processing systems:
SURTASS passive and low frequency active-array
Armament: none

USNS Able (T-AGOS-20) is a Victorious-class oceanographic survey ship in the service of the United States Navy's Military Sealift Command.

Able was laid down on 23 March 1989 at McDermott Shipyard in Morgan City, Louisiana. Launched on 16 February 1991, she was delivered to the Navy on 22 July 1992, assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), and placed in service as USNS Able (T-AGOS-20). The ship has a SWATH design.

Able was taken out of service in August 2004 and laid up in the Reserve Fleet at NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance Office, in Philadelphia, PA. Able was reactivated in 2008 and was converted in Charleston, South Carolina for SURTASS low frequency active-array (LFA) capabilities.[1] Able is attached to the United States Pacific Fleet and provides support to the United States Seventh Fleet.