SUB SUPPORTER: Navigation Test Support Ship USNS Waters Currently Berthed at Port Canaveral
By Space Coast Daily // September 26, 2018
Free tickets to Saturday's commissioning at Port Canaveral of the USS Indiana now available
BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Navigation test support ship USNS Waters currently is berthed at Port Canaveral.
Originally an oceanographic survey ship, the 457-foot-long Waters supports the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs Office by aiding with submarine weapons and navigation system testing.
In 2011, it was homeported in Port Canaveral, Florida.
Waters is operated by Military Sealift Command to provide an operating platform and services for unique U.S. military and federal government missions.
Special missions ships work for several different U.S. Navy customers, including Naval Sea Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and the Oceanographer of the Navy.
Waters was originally an oceanographic survey ship, built by the Avondale Shipyard and delivered to the US Navy in 1993.
Under the sponsorship of the Strategic Systems Program Office, Waters was converted in 1998 by Detyens Shipyard to support submarine navigation system testing and ballistic missile flight test support services.
Waters began operating in the fall of 1999, replacing USNS Vanguard, a submarine navigation system test platform ship, deactivated in 1998; and USNS Range Sentinel, a flight test navigation support ship deactivated in 1997.
Free tickets to Saturday’s commissioning at Port Canaveral of the USS Indiana, a Virginia-class nuclear-powered fast attack submarine, are now available.
The Navy’s newest fast-attack submarine, the USS Indiana (SSN 789), will be commissioned at the Navy Port at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday at 10 a.m.
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