Halter Delivers Fourth Of Six Navy Ocean Surveillance Ships In Contract Valued At $85 Million

Halter Marine, Inc., Moss Point, Miss., has delivered the U.S. Navy ship Capable, 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 Capable is 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 tows 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.

The vessel carries 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 which is owned by Trinity Industries, Inc., Dallas, Texas.

In addition to the Halter-Moss Point facility, the Trinity Marine Group includes the Halter Marine Inc. shipyard in Lockport, La., Moss Point Marine, Inc. in Escatawpa, Miss., Equitable Shipyards, Inc. fa- cilities in New Orleans and Madi- sonville, La., Gretna Machine and Iron Works in Harvey, La., Alumi- num Boats, Inc. in Crown Point, La., Thunderbolt Shipbuilding and Repair, Inc. in Thunderbolt, Ga., HBC Barge, Inc. in Brownsville, Pa., and Trinity-Beaumont in Beau- mont, Texas.

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