She was the first cable ship designed and built by the U.S. Navy.
Her role is the installation and maintenance of submarine cable systems.
She is fitted with a wide array of cable handling equipment and can lay up to 1,000 miles of cable in depths of up to 9,000 feet without resupply and is also equipped with both single-beam and multi-beam sonars for bottom profiling and can deploy towed sidescan sonars and camera sleds.
Built by National Steel and Shipbuilding Co., San Diego, CA she is 157m long and has a 24m beam. Propulsion is diesel electric, twin shafts (10,200 shp) giving a speed of 15 knots. Displacement is 14,563.34 tons. She can carry upto 86 personnel.
MMSI - 367212000
REG - US
IMO - 7932408
Call Sign - NVTM
Built - National Steel & Shipbuilding Co, San Diego, US
L 157m x W 24m
GT - 14563
Year - 1984
Portsmouth - 27 October 2015