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USNS Zeus (ARC 7) ca. 1984.
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Class: ZEUS (ARC 7)
Design: Top level requirements of 12 October 1978
Displacement (tons): 9,446 light, 16,015 full
Dimensions (feet): 513.6' oa, 464'wl x 73' e/wl x 24' max nav
Armament: none
Accommodations: 21 officers, 65 enlisted
Speed (kts.): 15
Propulsion (HP): 12,500
Machinery: Diesel electric, 2 screws

7ZEUS17 Aug 1979National Steel1 Jun 19819[30 NVR/PHS] Oct 198219 Mar 1984

ARCNameTDecomm/CustStrikeDisposalFateMA Sale/Depart
7ZEUSTIn service 2021--------

Class Notes:
Top Level Requirements for T-ARC, Project No. 746.79, were promulgated on 12 October 1978. Built privately to a NAVSEA design. MSC special mission ship since 1 Oct 1984. A second ship was planned but never ordered. [PHS]

According to a press release of 30 April 1984 reporting her entry into service, the new 513.6 foot cable-repair ship was intended to transport, lay, retrieve and repair submarine cables. In addition she was to tow acoustic projectors and a cable plow and condust acoustic, hydrographic, and bathymetric surveys in connection with her primary mission. With her cable plow and acoustic position-keeping units the ship had the capability of laying up to 1,000 miles of cable in a single run. She would also recover and repair damaged cables. She would be capable of working in water depths up to 9,000 feet. She would have a top speed of 15 knots on 10,000 shaft horsepower provided by a diesel-electric propulsion plant. Her crew would consist of a civilian (civil service) master, a civilian MSC crew of 88, 32 cable-mission personnel, and a six-man U.S. Navy detachment.

Ship Notes:
7ZEUSFY 1979. Name assigned 12 Mar 1981. In service with MSC as a Special Mission Ship 2021.

Page Notes:
Compiled: 26 Oct 2021
© Stephen S. Roberts, 2021
Sources: DB, Maroon, NVR