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Research Vessel Neil Armstrong starts decades of long career at Woods Hole Port
The research vessel Neil Armstrong, especially designed to carry out advanced ocean research in any part of the world, arrived at its port at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), Massachusetts on Wednesday. The 238-ft ship was welcomed by many guests invited for the event, which included Armstrong family and a space station commander.
“What a wonderful day for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the entire ocean science community. We’re very proud to have been selected by the Office of Naval Research to operate the Neil Armstrong. It is an enormous honor and a great responsibility”, said WHOI President and Director Mark Abbott.
RV Neil Armstrong would have embarked on its mission to exploration that would continue for decades. The ship can remain at sea for 40 days and can carry 44 scientists and crew. The ship is equipped with instruments that would enable it to carry out advanced ocean research almost everywhere in the world.
Before arriving at the ports in Woods Hole, the ship underwent through several trials. It was launched in February 20, 2014, in Anacortes, Washington. The ship was named so a year after the memory of Apollo moonwalker, Neil Armstrong, who died in 2012 at the age of 82.
It all started six years ago when U.S. Navy announced its plan to build two ships in a new Ocean Class of research vessels. And it was WHOI, which in 2010 was given no-cost lease to operate the first of the ships, which was later named RV Neil Armstrong. The other one was named Sally Ride.
RV Neil Armstrong is the replacement for R/V Knorr, famous for discovering wrecks of RMS Titanic in 1985. The ship began serving in 1970 and served for 44 years for WHOI.