|Builder:||Todd Shipyards, Corp., Seattle, Washington|
|Laid down:||12 November 1969|
|Launched:||2 July 1970|
|Acquired:||by the Navy, 21 July 1971|
|Commissioned:||21 July 1971 as USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16)|
|Decommissioned:||circa 10 June 1983|
|In service:||1992 as USNS Hayes (T-AG-195)|
|Reclassified:||as an Acoustic Research Ship|
|Refit:||at Tacoma Boatbuilding in Tacoma, Washington. Received in Tacoma Boat in 1988, refit as submarine surveillance vessel. Refit was 95% complete in December 1990, when the vessel was removed from Tacoma Boatbuilding and completed at Naval Shipyard Bremerton, Washington. The USNS Hayes was completed and delivered to the U.S. Navy in June 1992.|
|Fate:||struck from the naval register in 2008|
|Status:||Laid up at NAVSEA Inactive Ships Maintenance Facility, Philadelphia, PA.|
|Type:||Hayes-class oceanographic research ship|
|Tons burthen:||4,521 tons|
|Propulsion:||diesel-electric, two Caterpillar diesel engines, 3,620hp, two generators, two Westinghouse electric motors, 2,400hp; two auxiliary diesel (for creep speed) 330hp, two propellers|
|Complement:||26 civilian mariners, 30 scientific party|
USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16/T-AG-195) was a Hayes-class oceanographic research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1971. In 1992 she was reconfigured as an acoustics research ship and assigned to the Navy’s program of acoustic noise reduction for submarines.
Built at Seattle, Washington
Hayes was built in Seattle, Washington, by Todd Shipyards, Corp., and was laid down on 12 November 1969 and launched on 2 July 1970. She was named after Dr. Harvey C. Hayes, a pioneer in underwater acoustics and the former head of the US Navy Sound Division of Naval Research Laboratory. She was delivered to the Navy 21 July 1971 and placed in service by the Military Sealift Command (MSC) as USNS Hayes (T-AGOR-16). After completing service with the MSC, she was placed into Ready Reserve 10 June 1983. In 1984 Hayes was laid up in the National Defense Reserve Fleet, James River, Fort Eustis, Virginia.
Conversion to acoustics research ship
Hayes was reacquired by the Navy during fiscal year 1986 and was converted into an Acoustic Research Ship at Tacoma Boatbuilding, Tacoma, Washington. MSC placed the ship back into service in 1992, this time as USNS Hayes (T-AG-195).
History of operations
Hayes was assigned to underwater acoustics research for the purpose of reducing the acoustic noise of underwater submarines. She was struck from the Naval Register in 2008 and laid up at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.
There is no history of Hayes’ operations in DANFS.
- "H. C. Hayes was Pioneer in Underwater Acoustics". Physics Today. 22 (1): 139. January 1969. doi:10.1063/1.3035349.
- "NEW NAVY INVENTION TELLS OCEAN DEPTHS; Device of Dr. Hayes Measure Time from Ship to Ocean Bed and Back". NY Times. 6 July 1922.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - USNS Hayes (T-AG-195) – ex - USNS Hates (T-AGOR-16) (1971 - 1992)
- The USNS Hayes - A New Dimension in Ocean Research (part 1)
- The USNS Hayes - A New Dimension in Ocean Research (part 2)
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