USNS Bowditch (T-AGS 62) is a Pathfinder class oceanographic survey ship. She is the third ship in the class. USNS Bowditch is a part of a 29 ship Special Mission Ship program and operates in the South China Sea.
Positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) is a key component of information dominance, particularly in attaining and sustaining battlespace awareness and assured command and control. PNT provides position and precise time references to surface, subsurface, air and space-borne assets, enabling safety of navigation, communications and assured command and control.Safety of Navigation
Freedom of maneuver is an integral component of achieving superiority in battle, whether on land, on or under the sea, or in the air. Over the last decade, the advent of maritime electronic navigation systems has yielded dramatic improvements in our ability to exploit the battlespace. By integrating digital charts with navigation sensors, these enhancements provide real-time PNT information.
A new contractor, Horizon Lines Limited of Kenilworth, N.J., began operating the oceanographic ship fleet in October 2004. USNS Pathfinder in the Caribbean Sea and eastern Pacific, USNS Sumner in the central Pacific and USNS Bowditch, USNS Bruce C. Heezen and USNS Mary Sears in the South and East China Seas conducted surveys of the world’s oceans using multi-beam, wide-angle, precision hydrographic sonar systems to collect water depth measurements and other related data.