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Artist's rendering of the Armstrong-class auxiliary general oceanographic research vessel
Career (USA)
Name: Neil Armstrong
Namesake: Neil Armstrong
Owner: Office of Naval Research
Operator: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Ordered: May 2010
Builder: Dakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, Washington
Christened: March 29, 2014[1]
Status: Under construction
General characteristics
Class & type: Armstrong-class oceanographic research ship
Length: 238 ft (73 m)
Beam: 50 ft (15 m)
Speed: 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) (max)

RV Neil Armstrong (AGOR-27) is the designation for a new oceanographic research ship, first in its class, to be owned by the United States Navy and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced on September 24, 2012 that the research vessel was to be named after Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the Moon and a former naval aviator who served in the Korean War.[2]

The ship was ordered in May 2010 as a replacement for RV Knorr, operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 1970.[3] The ship is being constructed by Dakota Creek Industries of Anacortes, Washington. It is scheduled for completion in 2014 for entry into service in 2015.[4]

It was christened on March 29, 2014 by Carol Armstrong.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Navy to Christen Research Vessel Neil Armstrong". US Navy. March 28, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Navy Announces Research Vessel to be Named in Honor of Neil Armstrong". US Navy. September 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ "R/V Neil Armstrong". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 
  4. ^ "Newest Navy Research Vessel Is Named Neil Armstrong". Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. September 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ http://flickriver.com/photos/usnavy/13544666063/
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