Crowley Maritime strengthens relationship with US Navy

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090531-N-2638R-005 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2009) Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) depart the Military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Able (T-AGOS 20) after completing a VBSS drill aboard the vessel. Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and operates from Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Reckard/Released)

090531-N-2638R-005 PACIFIC OCEAN (May 31, 2009) Sailors assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team of the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) depart the Military Sealift Command ocean surveillance ship USNS Able (T-AGOS 20) after completing a VBSS drill aboard the vessel. Mustin is one of seven Arleigh Burke-class destroyers assigned to Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 15 and operates from Yokosuka, Japan. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Reckard/Released)

Crowley Maritime’s global shipmanagement group recently completed the successful turnover of the Military Sealift Command’s T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet and is now responsible for the operation and maintenance of the organisation’s five T-AGOS vessels — USNS Victorious,  USNS Able; USNS Effective, USNS Loyal and USNS Impeccable  and one T-AGM ocean surveillance ship, the USNS Invincible.

The turnover phase began in mid-January, when a team of Crowley employees travelled to Sasebo, Japan, to meet with MSC officials and the incumbent ship manager to discuss change management.

“We are thrilled to have completed the official turnover of these high-profile vessels,” said Crowley’s Mike Golonka, Vice President, Government Services.

“This seamless transition would not be possible without the hard work and determination of our remarkable government team, and the tremendous support we received from MSC. BZ to all involved.”

The T-AGOS/T-AGM fleet supports the Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor Systems (SURTASS) operations, the US Air Force’s dual-band, phased array and parabolic dish radars and other government missions.

“We’re representing the United States Navy Military Sealift Command in support of our national defense,” said Crowley’s Rob Petrosino, Engineering Manager, T-AGOS/T-AGM.

“This is a very critical programme; we take this contract seriously. We realize what a privilege it is to be able to serve.”

The ships carry electronic equipment to process and transmit data via satellite to shore stations for evaluation. Victorious is built on a small waterplane, twin-hull, or SWATH, design for greater stability at slow speeds in high latitudes under adverse weather conditions. Impeccable has a hull form based on that of Victorious, but has a more powerful propulsion plant and is designed specifically for deploying an additional active towed-array system.

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