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USNS Victorious (T-AGOS-19)
USNS Victorious in Yokohama, Japan
Awarded: 31 October 1986
Builder: McDermott Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana
Laid down: 12 April 1988
Launched: 3 May 1988
Acquired: 13 August 1991
Status: in active service, as of 2022
Notes: assigned by the U.S. Navy to the Special Missions Program
General characteristics
Type: Victorious-class ocean surveillance ship
Displacement: 3,100 tons (light)
3,384 tons (full)
Length: 235 ft (72 m) (overall)
Beam: 94 ft (29 m)
Draft: 25 ft (7.6 m) (max)
Propulsion: diesel-electric, two shafts, 1,600hp
Speed: 9.6 knots (17.8 km/h; 11.0 mph)
Complement: 19 civilian mariners, 5 sponsors

USNS Victorious (T-AGOS-19) is a Victorious-class ocean surveillance ship which was acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1991 and assigned to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Special Missions Program.

Built in Morgan City, Louisiana

Victorious was built by Mc Dermott Shipyards, Morgan City, Louisiana. She was laid down on 12 April 1988 and launched on 3 May 1988 and was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 13 August 1991.

Special program

Victorious was manned by 19 civilian mariners under the control of the Military Sealift Command (MSC) and staffed with five sponsors.

She is of a small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) design, similar to a catamaran, which provides a stable platform for towing the ship's SURTASS sonar arrays.[1]

Incidents with China

On March 4, 2009, Victorious was involved in one of a string of incidents between US research ships and Chinese ships. While operating in international waters, roughly 120 miles off the coast of mainland China in the Yellow Sea, a Chinese Bureau of Fisheries Patrol vessel used a high-intensity spotlight to illuminate the entire length of Victorious several times. The following day, a Chinese Y-12 maritime surveillance aircraft conducted 12 fly-bys of Victorious at an altitude of about 400 feet (120 m) and a range of 500 yards.

In May 2009, Victorious was again harassed by Chinese ships, this time while operating in the Yellow Sea. The Chinese vessels repeatedly approached Victorious at as close as 30 yards in heavy fog, at one point stopping in its path, forcing Victorious to stop to avoid a collision.[2]

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