|USNS Howard O. Lorenzen (T-AGM-25) is a future Missile Range Instrumentation Ship under construction by VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi. The keel was laid during a ceremony on August 13, 2008.|
The ship is slated to replace the USNS Observation Island (T-AGM-23) once it becomes operational, and is being fitted with a Cobra Judy Replacement radar system. It is due to be delivered in 2010.
The ship will honor the late Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) electrical engineer who was instrumental in the creation the electronic intelligence capabilities of the United States.
USNS Howard O. Lorenzen will be 12,575 tons, 534 feet in length, and have a beam of 89 feet. Manned by a combined crew of 88 sailors and civilian mariners, the ship will host embarked military and civilian technicians from other U.S. government agencies. It will be operated by the Military Sealift Command and conduct missions sponsored by the U.S. Air Force.