USNS Henson (T-AGS-63) – December 19, 2017

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The USNS Henson is an oceanographic survey ship owned by the United States Navy and is used to collect data for the purpose of geophysical, biological, physical and acoustical surveys. Because of its expansive reach, the American military needs information on all ocean environments around the world in order to support the military, navigation and humanitarian missions as needed.

The Henson and her sister ships in the Pathfinder-class do not have home ports due to the Military Sealift Commands mobile structure. Essentially her “Home” is where the mission is.

USNS Henson (T-AGS-63)
USNS Henson (T-AGS-63)

The Henson’s purpose is to hold and transport the abundance of sophisticated scientific equipment for the twenty-seven scientists onboard who work to collect data related on their own field of study. The data collected ranges from the surface of the water, through the depths and straight into the sea floor.

The ship can study the atmosphere while any coastline can be mapped. Henson gathers, archives, and transmits data collected to MSC onshore by radio or satellite communications equipment. The data collected helps the Navy to develop current and future undersea warfare plans along with surveying sea beds as well as locating lost aircraft and ships – either past or present.

Source: militaryfactory.com

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