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USNS Bartlett

United States
Name: USNS Bartlett
Namesake: Commander John R. Bartlett, Hydrographer, U.S. Navy Hydrographic Office, Jun 1883 - Jun 1888[1]
Builder: Northwest Marine Iron Works, Portland, Oregon
Laid down: 18 November 1965
Launched: 24 May 1966
Acquired: 31 March 1969 and assigned to the Military Sea Transportation Service
In service: as USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR-13), date not known
Out of service: not known
Struck: 30 August 1993
Fate: transferred to the Moroccan Navy on 26 July 1993
Name: Abou El Barakat Al Barbari
Identification:IMO number7742114
Status: in active service, as of 2007
General characteristics
Type: Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship
Tonnage: 1,520 tons
Tons burthen: 1,915 tons
Length: 245'
Beam: 46'
Draft: 16'
Propulsion: diesel-electric, single propeller, 2,500shp, retractable azimuth-compensating bow thruster
Speed: 12 knots
Complement: 23 civilian mariners, 38 scientists
Armament: none

USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR-13) was a Robert D. Conrad-class oceanographic research ship acquired by the U.S. Navy in 1969. She was named after oceanographer Captain John R. Bartlett, USN. She was placed in service for a period of time, and in 1993 was transferred to the Navy of Morocco.

Built in Portland, Oregon

Bartlett was built by the Northwest Marine Iron Works Portland, Oregon. She was laid down on 18 November 1965 and launched on 24 May 1966 and turned over to the Navy on an unknown date as USNS Bartlett (T-AGOR-13) and manned by the Military Sea Transportation Service.

Oceanographic service

Bartlett was placed in service, but the record of her history is not summarized by Navy. The ship is mentioned in oceanographic reports and literature. For example, the ship's use in planting two acoustic sources onto the top of Cobb Seamount between 25 and 30 July 1973 for an experiment is covered in a report of the Naval Research Laboratory.[2] In 1990 the ship spent some time in the North West Atlantic Ocean according to a data set of temperature and salinity measurements collected using CTD/XBT.[3] Bartlett was one of two AGOR ships, the other was De Steiguer (T-AGOR 12), assigned as pool vessels for west coast Naval laboratory use according to a 1970 report.[4] Bartlett and De Steiguer were assigned to the U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office for operation.[5]


After being struck from the Navy List on 30 August 1993, Bartlett was approved on 26 July 1993 under the terms of the Security Assistance Program for a transfer to Morocco, where she then entered into service with the Moroccan Navy as Abou El Barakat Al Barbari.


  1. ^ "AGOR Numeric List". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 8 February 2012.
  2. ^ "AD-783 513/5; Cobb Seamount Fixed Platform Experiment using the USNS BARTLETT (T-AGOR-13)".
  3. ^ "Oceanographic temperature and salinity measurements collected using CTD/XBT from the USNS BARTLETT in the North West Atlantic Ocean during 1990 (NODC Accession 0039820)".
  4. ^ "NPGS Goes to Sea in All Hands magaxine, August 1970, page 46" (PDF).
  5. ^ "National Oceanographic Fleet Platform Characteristics, RP-53, January 1992, U.S. Naval Oceanographic Office; pages 193, 195" (PDF).