Construction of oceanographic research vessel reaches milestone

Seattle-based Guido Perla & Associates reports that construction of the oceanographic research vesselĀ Neil Armstrong is progressing according to plan at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash. A major milestone was achieved recently with the completion of the hull assembly after the stern block was set, followed by the installation of the pilot house.

The navy-owned, 238′ oceanographic research vesselĀ is scheduled for delivery in late 2014 and sister vessel Sally Ride is scheduled for delivery in early 2015. Once completed, Neil Armstrong will be operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Sally Ride will be managed by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography under charter party agreements with ONR. Both ships will be supporting scientists with ongoing research worldwide, including in the Atlantic, Western Pacific and Indian Ocean regions in a wide variety of missions.

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