Dakota Creek Industries held, on Feb 22nd, a launching ceremony for the U.S. Navy’s first of two Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research Vessels (AGORs) the R/V Neil Armstrong.
R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) is a modern mono-hull research vessel based on a commercial design, capable of integrated, interdisciplinary, general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas. Designed by the Guido Perla & Associates, Inc. (GPA), the vessel is 72.5 m (238 feet) long, has a beam of 15.24 m (50 feet) and draft of 4.6 m (15 feet).
The vessel is equipped with diesel electric propulsion which is provided by four diesel generators producing 1044 kW each. Some of the high-tech features include: acoustic navigation and tracking systems that operate at various depths; a specially designed hull that diverts bubbles from the sonar area; a centralized freshwater cooling system to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and dual-controllable propellers with variable speed motors for increased efficiency.
With the displacement of 3043 long tons (full load), the vessel has a range of 11,500 nm over 40 days and has the ability to sail at a sustained speed of 12 knots with 20 berths allotted for crew members and 24 for scientists.
Both AGOR ships will be managed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Massachusetts) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego).
The detail design and construction of AGOR 27 was competitively awarded to Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., on October 14, 2011, whereas the option for the construction of AGOR 28 (R/V Sally Ride) was exercised on February 3, 2012. Delivery of AGOR 27 is scheduled for late 2014 and AGOR 28 for early 2015.
SBT Staff, February 28, 2014