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R/V Sally Ride (AGOR-28)

International Radio Call Sign:
Whiskey - Sierra - Alpha - Foxtrot
Neil Armstrong Class Oceanographic Research Ship:
  • Laid down, date unknown, at Dakota Creek Industries Inc., Anacortes, WA.
  • Christened, 9 August 2014, Anacortes, WA.
  • Completed builders trials, 21 February 2016
  • RV Sally Ride (AGOR-28) will be manned by a civilian crew and operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego under a charter party agreement with Office of Naval Research
    Displacement unknown
    Length 238'
    Beam 50'
    Draft unknown
    Speed 12 kts.
    scientists 24
    mariners 20
    Propulsion unknown
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    Sally Ride 166k
    Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 July 23, 2012) was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left NASA in 1987. She worked for two years at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control, then the University of California, San Diego as a professor of physics, primarily researching non-linear optics and Thomson scattering. She served on the committees that investigated the Challenger and Columbia space shuttle disasters, the only person to participate on both.Ride remains the youngest American astronaut to have traveled to space.
    Sally Ride 166k Dr. Tam O'Shaughnessy, ship's sponsor for the auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) vessel R/V Sally Ride (AGOR-28), breaks a bottle across the bow during a christening ceremony at the Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., shipyard in Anacortes, WA. Joining Dr. O'Shaughnessy on the platform are Mr. Dick Nelson, president, Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., Matron of Honor, the reverend Dr. Bear Ride, Matron of Honor, Kathleen Ritzman, Assistant Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, Kathryn Sullivan, Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and RADM. Matthew Klunder, Chief of Naval Research.
    US Navy photo # 140809-N-PO203-348 ANACORTES, Wash. (Aug. 9, 2014) , by John F. Williams
    Ron Reeves
    Sally Ride 68k R/V Sally Ride (AGOR-28) moored pierside at her builders yard, Dakota Creek Industries Inc., Anacortes, WA., 9 August 2014. Lee Wahler
    Sally Ride 265k The auxiliary general purpose oceanographic research vessel R/V Sally Ride (AGOR-28) is commissioned at the Broadway Pier Port Pavilion, San Diego, CA.
    US Navy photo # 161028-N-DB907-413 SAN DIEGO (Oct. 28, 2016)
    Lee Wahler
    Sally Ride 163k The auxiliary general purpose oceanographic research vessel R/V Sally Ride (AGOR-28) under way conducting a series of science verification cruises in order to test its installed systems and ensure its readiness for conducting future research missions. Operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter lease agreement with the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Sally Ride has multi-beam bottom-mapping and ocean current profiling sonars, advanced meteorological sensors and satellite data transmission systems, the latest navigation and ship-positioning systems and a specially designed hull that improves sonar acoustic performance. The Navy, through ONR, has been a leader in building and providing large ships for the nation's academic research fleet since World War II.
    US Navy photo # 161215-N-PO203-134 PACIFIC OCEAN (Dec. 15, 2016) by John F. Williams
    Ron Reeves

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