|Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research Vessel
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) owned Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessels will serve a pressing need for a general-purpose ship based research and provide a platform for oceanographic research. The ships will be managed by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (Massachusetts) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (University of California, San Diego). AGOR 27 is to be named after the first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong.
Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR)
The Ocean Class research vessels will represent the latest technology
and will replace the current AGORs as vessels of global endurance with
a range of 11,500nm over 40 days and have the ability to sail at a
sustained speed of 12 knots with 20 berths allotted for crew members
and 24 for scientists. The vessels will be equipped with diesel electric propulsion through four diesel generators producing 1044 kW each.
Some of the high-tech features planned include: acoustic navigation and tracking systems that operate at various depths; a specially designed
hull that diverts bubbles from the sonar area; a centralized freshwater cooling system to provide heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and dual-controllable propellers with variable speed motors for increased efficiency. The ships are single hulled and designed to operate in rough seas and windy conditions. The ships can be operated during the winter months in shallow or deep water.