New Navy towing ship will honor Navajo nation

Designated as T-ATS(X) by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the new class of vessels will be based on existing commercial towing offshore vessel designs . Gulf Island Shipyards rendering

The first of the Navy’s new T-ATS class of open ocean towing, salvage and rescue vessels will be named the Navajo, continuing a tradition of naming those ships for Native American nations and people, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer announced Tuesday.

The 131’x36’ x20.99’ vessel designated T-ATS, to be built at the Gulf Island Shipyards facility in Houma, La., under a $63.5 million contract, will be based on an existing commercial offshore towing design, to replace the Navy’s current T-ATF...

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