U.S. Navy New Research Vessel Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) Completes
The first-of-class Oceanographic Research Vessel R/V Neil Armstrong
(AGOR 27), successfully completed Acceptance Trials August 7 the Navy
reported today. Neil Armstrong is a modern mono-hull research vessel
based on commercial design, capable of integrated, interdisciplinary,
general purpose oceanographic research in coastal and deep ocean areas.
An artist's rendering of the Armstrong-class auxiliary
general oceanographic research vessel (AGOR). AGOR ships are modern
oceanographic research platforms capable of satisfying a wide range
of research activities in oceanographic research. The ships will join
the U.S. Academic research fleet, supporting critical naval research
throughout the world's oceans. (U.S. Navy photo/Released)
Navy's Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV) found the ship to be
well-built and inspection-ready. The trials evaluated the ship’s
major systems and equipment to include demonstrations of the ship’s
main propulsion system, dynamic positioning system, navigation, cranes
and winches, and communication systems.
“These trials are the final major milestone prior to delivering
Neil Armstrong,” said Mike Kosar, program manager for the Support
Ships, Boats and Craft office within the Program Executive Office, Ships.
“Neil Armstrong performed very well during these trials, especially
for a first of class vessel. The results of these tests and the outstanding
fit, finish and quality of the vessel, stand as a testament to the preparation
and effort of our entire shipbuilding team. It reflects the exceptionalism
of AGOR 27’s namesake, Neil Armstrong.”
Acceptance trials represent the cumulative efforts following a series
of in-port and underway inspections conducted jointly by the AGOR Program
Office, SUPSHIP, and builder Dakota Creek Industries throughout the
construction, test and trials process. The trials are the last significant
shipbuilding milestone before delivery of the ship to the Navy, expected
to occur this fall.
The new ship is 238 feet long and equipped with the latest technologies,
including a high-efficiency diesel engine, emission control for stack
gasses, information technology tools for monitoring shipboard systems
and communicating with the world, and hull coatings that should result
in fewer maintenance issues. It will operate with a crew of 20 with
accommodations for 24 scientists who will use the ship and its assets
to collect samples and data from both coastal and deep ocean areas.