Sailors and staff from Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NAVMETOCCOM) and Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) embarked on USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS 60), an oceanographic survey ship for an operational familiarization transit, Jan. 4-7.
Launched in 1993, Pathfinder is a 330-foot vessel with approximately 30 crew members and room for 25 surveyors. The ship is designed to gather underwater data in either coastal or deep ocean waters, a capability that provides both economy and flexibility. This dual capability directly supports Navy’s increased emphasis on shallow water or littoral (near-shore) warfare.