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Operated by the Military Sealift Command, the USNS ZEUS is the only active Cable Repair Ship in the Navy. ZEUS is the first multi-mission cable ship designed and built by the US Navy specifically as a cable ship. It incorporates advanced propulsion features, centralized integrated displays for monitoring ship and cable machinery parameters and functions, passive flume stabilization, better maneuverability and cable handling capabilities at both bow and stern, and survey equipment designed to combine high performance and versatility with minimal maintenance. The ZEUS can lay up to 1,000 miles of cable in depth of 9,000 feet during a single deployment before having to restock its cable supply. ZEUS is assigned to Military Sealift Command's Atlantic Special Mission Force.
|General Characteristics:||Keel laid: June 1, 1981|
|Launched: October 30, 1982|
|Delivered: March 19, 1984|
|Builder: National Steel and Shipbuilding Corp., San Diego, Calif.|
|Propulsion system: diesel-electric, twin shafts, two forward and two aft side thrusters|
|Length: 513 feet (156.36 meters)|
|Beam: 73 feet (22.25 meters)|
|Draft: 24 feet (7.3 meters)|
|Displacement: 14,157 tons full load|
|Speed: 15 knots|
|Crew: 51 civilians, 6 military and 32 technicians|
This section contains the names of sailors who served aboard USNS ZEUS. It is no official listing but contains the names of sailors who submitted their information.
USNS ZEUS Image Gallery:
The photos below were taken by me and show the ZEUS arriving at Norfolk, Va., via the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel on October 29, 2010.
The photos below were taken by me and show the ZEUS at Naval Base San Diego, Calif., on March 15, 2012.
The photos below were taken by Michael Jenning and show the ZEUS at Naval Base Norfolk, Va., on April 13, 2016.
The photo below was taken by Michael Jenning and shows the ZEUS at Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va., on October 13, 2016.