Navy Awards New Science Ship to Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Navy Awards New Science Ship to Scripps Institution of Oceanography


Scripps institution of Oceanography at
UC San Diego is enormously pleased that we’ve been selected to operate a new
research vessel. We’re grateful to the United States Navy and the Office of Naval Research who
recognized the need for this new class of vessel a long time ago and
have been instrumental in its conception and development. The Navy will be providing more than 88
million dollars to fund the design and construction of the vessel through its Naval Sea Systems Command
and will provide program management through this design and construction
process. This new ship is going to be an ocean
class research vessel and this is really a new class of vessel for the whole academic research fleet. These are mono
hole vessels and they’re going to be a little bit
bigger than the intermediate class vessels, like the new horizon behind me here and the idea is that they’re gonna be more
capable, they’re gonna be able to do more things,
more efficiently for less cost then the existing intermediate class
ships that we have on the fleet. We take scientists to sea to study all
sorts of ocean processes from the biology, ocean ecosystems, the geology, geophysics, the atmospheres, to answer important
questions about our planet, things that you hear about all the
time in the news, global climate change, things that affect us in the state
of California, like our ocean fisheries. This new vessel is gonna have new
instruments and be able to conduct science at sea
more efficiently and more capably than anything that we have in the fleet
right now. This award by the United States Navy and the Office of Naval Research allows
Scripps to continue its 107 year legacy of exploring the oceans for the
benefit of science and society. We’re grateful and honored that the
office of Naval Research has expressed confidence and support in Scripps to operate a new vessel that will have
the ability to conduct research expeditions across the entire Pacific Ocean, and as
we usher in this new era of research vessels, we look forward to continuing our strong
collaborations with their partner institutions in the University National Oceanographic
Laboratory System and indeed around the world. Scripps has a long and proud history of operating
vessels that are owned by the Office of Naval Research. Even though we
operate the ships, they own them and this is another instance where
we’re going to work together to operate this vessel. One of the unique
things about this new ship is the way that it’s being designed. We’re designing it from the ground up,
for economical operation across a whole different range of issues. For instance, fuel
economy is an important thing we’re taking into account right from the start. We’re looking at procuring the most
fuel-efficient engines we can and combining that with efficient
propulsion for the vessel. That goes hand in hand with the design of
the hole itself. So we’re making the entire ship so that
it moves easily through the water and uses as little fuel as possible to
get the most done. The kinds of science that we do are
funded by federal funding agencies for the most
part. Agencies like the National Science
Foundation, NOAA, US Geological Survey, and Office of Naval Research. We do
research in biological oceanography, understanding
the ecosystems offshore California, understanding how earthquakes work and
plate tectonics, geology, geophysics, atmospheric science, global climate change issues, and other
fundamental science that we do in ocean acoustics
and marine mammals that not only is societallyy
relevant but also has applications that are important for national security
reasons. The Navy’s very interested in a lot of
the work that we do for instance, in ocean acoustics, how
does sound propagate through the water, how do marine mammals respond to
sounds in the water. All these are questions that are things that you read in the news every
day, they’re very important to us as scientists here at Scripps and they’re
things that we’ll do very well off the new ship. I would like to express my sincere
thanks to Bruce Applegate and all of our colleagues in the
Scripps ship operations and marine technical support, as well as the
hard-working group at Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility for all their efforts in making sure
that we had a quality proposal that prevailed in this competition.

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