New Army Corps vessel to be fastest in Norfolk fleet

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NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is adding a new vessel to its Norfolk fleet today in a commissioning ceremony.

Officials say the Ewell is outfitted with multi-beam sonar technology and a crane capable of lifting 4,500 pounds. It’s expected to serve as both a survey and marine debris removal vessel.

“The sonar suite is arranged to allow both survey data collection and initial processing while on the job site, increasing productivity,” said Scott Titus, Norfolk District port engineer.

The Ewell will also be the fastest vessel in the Army Corps’ Norfolk district, officials say.

The vessel is named after Donald Ewell, a former district boat captain for the vessels Chesapeake and Adams from the 1960s until retired in 1985.

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