Halter Marine Christens Fourth Of Six Ocean Surveillance Ships In $85-Million Navy Contract

The U.S. Navy ship Capable was recently christened and launched at Halter Marine, Inc., Moss Point, Miss. She is the fourth of six identical ocean surveillance ships under construction at Halter for the Navy, with a total contract value of approximately $85 million.

The ship was christened by Mrs. Patricia T. Lott, wife of Representative Trent Lott. The principal was Rear Adm. Richard F. Pittenger, USN, Oceanographer of the Navy.

John Dane I I I , president of the Trinity Marine Group, the five shipbuilding companies which include Hater Marine, credited Representative Lott for helping to win Congressional approval and funding for the vessels and for helping Halter win the construction contracts for the six ships.

When commissioned the Capable will become the 16th of 18 planned monohull T-AGOS class ships to join the U.S. Navy's ocean surveillance program.

Operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and staffed by civilian technicians, the Capable will tow electronic devices to monitor the movement of submarines.

The all-steel Capable is 224 feet long, with a 43-foot beam, and 15-foot 1-inch draft. Main propulsion and other ship's service is dieselelectric, provided by four Caterpillar/Kato 600- kw generators driving two General Electric motors. Power is transmitted through two shafts and full load displacement is approximately 2,300 long tons. Maximum speed is approximately 11 knots and normal operating speed is about three knots.

She will carry nine officers, 11 crew, and 10 technicians. In addition to the usual living spaces, the Capable also has a recreation room, exercise room, ship's store, and a self-service laundry.

Halter Marine, Inc., is part of the Trinity Marine Group owned by Trinity Industries of Dallas, Texas. The Group's corporate offices are being moved from New Orleans to Gulfport, Miss., in a phased transfer which began in November.

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