Research vessel Neil Armstrong delivered

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U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

ANACORTES, Wash. (NNS) — The Auxiliary General Purpose Oceanographic Research Vessel (AGOR), R/V Neil Armstrong, AGOR 27, delivered to the U.S. Navy, Sept. 23.

R/V Neil Armstrong will carry on the legacy of the naval aviator and astronaut who stated, “Research is creating new knowledge.”

AGOR 27 is a well-equipped modern oceanographic research platform capable of satisfying a wide range of research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research. \

R/V Neil Armstrong is the first of two planned Ocean Class AGOR ships.

“The delivery of this superb ship, R/V Neil Armstrong, is a testament to the tremendous teamwork and shipbuilding efforts of the Navy/DCI team, especially when considering this was a first in class hull from a shipbuilder without previous Navy experience,” said Mike Kosar, program manager for Support Ships, Boats, and Craft in PEO Ships. “AGOR 27 will provide significant capabilities in support of research efforts across the world and throughout the marine science community.”

Based on a single-hull commercial design, R/V Neil Armstrong and R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) are approximately 238 feet long and incorporate the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gasses, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world.

AGOR 27 is capable of assisting with integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas. The ship will be operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution under a charter party agreement with Office of Naval Research (ONR). The vessel will operate with a crew of 20 with accommodations for 24 scientists.

As one of the Defense Department’s largest acquisition organizations, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft. Currently, the majority of shipbuilding programs managed by PEO Ships are benefiting from serial production efficiencies, which are critical to delivering ships on cost and schedule.