The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District dedicated its new hydrographic survey vessel, Maze, on December 7, during a ceremony on the Savannah River. The vessel will lead dredging operations and navigation, primarily in Savannah and Brunswick harbors and along the coast of Georgia, helping to ensure national security and international commerce for the nation. The vessel will also increase fleet flexibility, reliability and mission readiness including post –storm harbor assessments.
The Maze took its name from the late Anthony “Tony” Maze, a longtime Savannah District employee who died in 2015. A native of Baltimore County, Indiana, Maze began his career with the Savannah District in 1978, serving as a boat captain until he retired in 2014. During his tenure with the Corps, Maze stood behind the helm of various survey vessels and was known for his dedication, expertise and seamanship abilities.
Savannah District Commander Col. Daniel Hibner served as the keynote speaker for the event, with USACE Command Chaplain Col. Raymond Robinson, Jr., presiding over the blessing and christening of the vessel.
“I can’t overstate the importance of this ceremony, because it is an opportunity to pause and remember a public servant who dedicated his life to serving this country," said Hibner to an audience comprised of Savannah District employees and Maze’s family and friends.
The event and ceremony remarks focused on Maze and his service to the Corps and his commitment to the Corps’ navigation mission.
“He had a work ethic that was second to none," said Hibner. “Boats require a lot of maintenance and attention. Whatever boat Tony was assigned to, you knew it was going to be well-kept, reliable and seaworthy."
The ceremony was particularly special to Maze’s widow Gayle Maze, because it happened one day shy of the three year anniversary of his death.
“This event means everything. He was such a special person to all of us. He would have loved the boat and would have been very happy with everything.” said Gayle. “His work meant a lot to him and for him to be remembered like this is very special.”