Dakota Creek Industries has delivered the US Navy's new auxiliary general purpose oceanographic research vessel (AGOR), R / V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27), following successful sea trials.
The latest development marks the delivery of the first of two planned Ocean-class AGOR ships.
PEO Ships Ships, Boats, and Craft Support programme manager Mike Kosar said: "The delivery of this superb ship, R / V Neil Armstrong, is a testament to the tremendous teamwork and shipbuilding efforts of the navy / DCI team, especially when considering this was a first in class hull from a shipbuilder without previous navy experience.
"AGOR 27 will provide significant capabilities in support of research efforts across the world and throughout the marine science community."
AGOR 27 is a modern oceanographic research platform that can carry out a wide range of research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories involved in oceanographic research.
The 238ft-long R / V Neil Armstrong and R / V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) are based on a single-hull commercial design.
The new research vessels feature a modern suite of oceanographic equipment, advanced acoustic equipment capable of mapping the deepest parts of the oceans, as well as advanced over-the-side handling gear to deploy and retrieve scientific instruments.
Additional features of the vessels include emissions controls for stack gasses, and new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with land-based sites worldwide.
The US Defense Department's acquisition organisation, PEO Ships is responsible for executing the development and procurement of all destroyers, amphibious ships, special mission and support ships, and special warfare craft.
Image: The US Navy christened R / V Neil Armstrong in April last year. Photo: courtesy of US Navy photo by John F Williams / Released.