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USNS Thomas Washington (T-AGOR-10)

United States
Name: USNS Thomas Washington
Namesake: Admiral Thomas Washington
Builder: Marinette Marine Corp., Marinette, Wisconsin
Laid down: 12 September 1963
Launched: 1 August 1964
Sponsored by: Misses Barbara E. and Ann H. Washington, granddaughters of Admiral Washington
Acquired: by the Navy, 17 September 1965
In service: Transferred to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California, La Jolla, California. The ship was manned by a civilian crew and operated under the cognizance of the Oceanographer of the Navy,
Out of service: not known
Struck: 1 August 1992
Fate: Transferred to the Navy of Chile, 22 September 1992. Renamed Vidal Gormaz (AGOR 60).
Vidal Gormaz (AGOR 60)
Name: Vidal Gormaz (AGOR-60)
Decommissioned: 30 August 2010
Status: Scrapped in Puerto Montt Bay, Chile 2012.
General characteristics
Type: Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship
Tonnage: 1,200 tons
Tons burthen: 1,370 tons
Length: 209'
Beam: 40'
Draft: 16'
Propulsion: diesel-electric, single propeller, 2,500shp, retractable azimuth-compensating bow thruster
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 23 civilian mariners, 38 scientists
Armament: none

USNS Thomas Washington (T-AGOR-10) was a Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1965 and transferred to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, while still under the control of the Navy. After her service to the U.S. Navy, she served in the Chilean Navy.

Laid down in Marinette, Wisconsin

Thomas Washington (AGOR-10) was laid down on 12 September 1963 at Marinette, Wisconsin, by the Marinette Marine Corp.; launched on 1 August 1964; sponsored jointly by Misses Barbara E. and Ann H. Washington, granddaughters of Admiral Thomas Washington; and delivered to the Navy on 17 September 1965.

Transferred to the University of California

Transferred to the Scripps Institute of Oceanography, of the University of California, soon thereafter, Thomas Washington operated under the control of the Oceanographer of the Navy, with a civilian crew, conducting research experiments in support of the national oceanographic programs of the United States.


Thomas Washington was struck by the Navy 1 August 1992 and, shortly thereafter, on 22 September 1992, she was sold and transferred to the government of Chile. She was renamed Vidal Gormaz (AGOR-60) by the Chilean Navy.

Vidal Gormaz was decommissioned by the Chilean Navy on 30 August 2010. As of November 2012 she is being broken up at Chinquique, Puerto Montt.

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