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USNS Bold (T-AGOS-12)

OSV Bold docked in Port Canaveral, Florida
Career (USA)
Ordered: 30 September 1987
Builder: Tacoma Boatbuilding Company
Laid down: 13 June 1988
Launched: 24 May 1989
Acquired: 16 October 1989
Struck: 3 March 2004
Status: Transferred to the EPA
General characteristics
Class & type: Stalwart-class ocean surveillance ship
Displacement: 2500 tons
Length: 224 ft (68 m)
Draft: 15 feet
Propulsion: Diesel Electric
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h; 13 mph)
Complement: 19 crew, 20 scientists
Sensors and
processing systems:
underwater video, sidescan sonar, and general sampling instruments such as corers, dredges, and trawls

The Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) Bold was operated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Originally commissioned as the USNS Victorious, it was renamed USNS Bold (T-AGOS-12) and was a Stalwart-class Modified Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Surveillance Ship of the United States Navy. Stalwart class ships were originally designed to collect underwater acoustical data in support of Cold war anti-submarine warfare operations in the 1980s.

The ship was transferred to the EPA in 2004. The ship is equipped with sidescan sonar, underwater video, water and sediment sampling instruments in study of ocean and coastline. One of the major missions of the Bold is to monitor sites where materials are dumped from dredging operations in U.S. ports for ecological impact.[1][2] In 2013, the Bold was awarded to Seattle Central Community College (SCCC) by the General Services Administration. SCCC demonstrated in a competition that they would put it to the highest and best purpose, and acquired the ship at a cost of $5,000.[3]


  • This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
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  1. ^ "About the OSV Bold". EPA. pp. EPA 842–F–05–004. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  2. ^ "OSV Bold". Brochure. EPA. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  3. ^ Long, Katherine. "What a $5,000 deal: Seattle Central gets former Navy ship | Local News". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2013-12-02. 
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