Water: Ocean Survey Vessel
OSV Bold History
The Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) Bold is a former Navy vessel, the United States Naval Ship (USNS) Bold. Constructed by the Tacoma Boat Building Company of Tacoma, Washington, as a Tactical Auxiliary General Ocean Survey (T-AGOS) Vessel, the ship was first commissioned in 1989 as the USNS Vigorous. The vessel was later renamed the USNS Bold and has served on many surveillance missions. The Navy decommissioned the USNS Bold in 2004, and then transferred the vessel to EPA. EPA converted the vessel to an Ocean Survey Vessel (OSV) to replace EPA's aging OSV Peter W. Anderson. The OSV Bold was outfitted with state-of-the-art laboratories and scientific equipment specifically designed to meet EPA's monitoring and assessment needs.
OSV Bold at the dock in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, awaiting conversion.
OSV Bold after conversion, offshore, Miami, Florida.