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VT Halter Marine celebrates partnership with Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, and Military Sealift Command

 USNS Maury (T-AGS 66)

Pascagoula, Miss., May 31, 2016 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC) and Military Sealift Command (MSC) celebrated their longstanding partnership at the ceremony held aboard and pier side of the USNS Maury (T-AGS 66) at the Pascagoula Shipyard drydock facility in Pascagoula Mississippi.  USNS Maury is the seventh and final Pathfinder Class Oceanographic Survey Ship constructed by VT Halter Marine for the US Navy. 

During the Ceremony, Rear Admiral Timothy C. Gallaudet, USN Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy and Commander, CNMOC briefly addressed the role that USNS Maury will carry out as the US Navy’s newest operational oceanographic survey ship.  Rear Admiral Gallaudet leads the Office of Oceanographer of the US Navy and serves as the senior policy advisor for issues related to national ocean policy and governance. His dual responsibilities enable him to provide Naval expertise on issues related to oceanography, meteorology, hydrography, precise time, climate change, the Arctic, maritime domain awareness and geospatial and celestial referencing.

This was followed by a keynote address from The Honorable Senator Roger F. Wicker.

The ship will provide service under the Commander, CNMOC.  CNMOC directs and oversees the collection, processing and exploitation of accurate, relevant and timely oceanographic, meteorological, hydrographic, precise time and astrometric information. CNMOC is assigned as CTG 80.7 under US Fleet Forces Command, and is part of the Information Warfare Community. As such, CNMOC is the US Navy’s physical battlespace authority. The surveys will be carried out by detachments of personnel assigned to the Naval Oceanographic Office at Stennis Space Center, Miss., a subordinate of CNMOC.

VT Halter Marine, as the leading designer and builder, had delivered more than 24 oceanographic, hydrographic and research vessels for the US Navy. They include the previous six ships of the T-AGS 60 Class; T-AGOS 13 to T-AGOS 18 ocean surveillance ships; a T-AGOS 23 Class SWATH ocean surveillance ship, T-AGS 51 and T-AGS 52 hydrographic survey ships and AGOR 23, 24 and 25 oceanographic survey ships. For NOAA, VT Halter Marine has also designed and delivered AGOR Ronald H. Brown and four fisheries survey vessels (FSVs).

USNS Maury will be operated by MSC for CNMOC. This year, CNMOC is celebrating the US Navy’s 40th anniversary presence at the John C. Stennis Space Center in Hancock County, Mississippi making this a perfect partnership and supporting the ceremony’s theme “VT Halter Marine. Celebrates the Partnership with the NavalMeteorology and Oceanography, and Military Sealift Command.”

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, research and survey vessels.  Please visit

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC): Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command is a third echelon operational command reporting to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. The command's personnel are located at its headquarters at John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Miss., and at several field activities located around the world. The Command's major subordinate activities include the Naval Oceanographic Office, located at Stennis Space Center; Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, located in Monterey, Calif.; the Naval Observatory, located in Washington, D.C.; the Naval Oceanography Operations Command, located at Stennis Space Center; and the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Professional Development Center located in Gulfport, Miss. Naval Oceanography is the Navy's physical maritime battlespace authority, a critical partner across the full range of Department of Defense operations, providing environmental information that Naval and Joint forces use to operate more safely and effectively and make decisions faster than the adversary.

Military Sealift Command (MSC): Military Sealift Command operates approximately 110 non-combatant, merchant mariner-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.  MSC reports to the U.S. Transportation Command for defense transportation matters, to the U.S. Fleet Forces Command for Navy-unique matters and to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisitionfor procurement policy and oversight matters.


Media contacts:     
Merdith Foster
Manager, Business Development
VT Halter Marine
Phone: (1) 228 696 6888
Fax:     (1) 228 696 6899

Kelli Boyer
Director, Human Resources
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Fax:     (1) 703 739 2611

Cathy L. Willis
Public Affairs Officer
Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command
1100 Balch Blvd.
Stennis Space Center, MS  39529-5005
Phone: (1) (228) 688-4384