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USNS Zeus Arrives At Devonport Dockyard South Yard

Photographs  John H. Luxton 2012

An unusual visitor to Devonport Dockyard, Plymouth on October 23, 2012 was the United States Navy cable laying ship USNS ZEUS seen here, early afternoon, passing through Plymouth Sound assisted by Serco tugs SD FAITHFUL, SD CAREFUL and SD EILEEN and a little later berthing at the South Yard. 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 manoeuvrability 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.



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