Oceanographic Tools: R/V Atlantis
The Research Vessel Atlantis is
operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for the
American ocean research community. It is one of the most sophisticated
research vessels afloat, equipped with precision navigation,
bottom mapping and satellite communications systems.
Atlantis is designed as a general purpose vessel
and specifically equipped to support the US National
Deep Submergence facility, which includes the crewed
submersible Alvin, the remotely operated vehicle Jason and
the towed vehicles Argo II and DSL 120.
Atlantis (AGOR-25), delivered to WHOI early
in 1997, is one of a new class of US Navy research
vessels designed and built by the Trinity Marine Groups
Halter Marine, Inc., of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Two
Navy owned sister ships are RV Thomas G. Thompson (AGOR-23)
operated by the University of Washington and RV Roger
Revelle (AGOR-24) operated by the Scripps Institution
of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
A fourth, nearly identical ship, RV Ron Brown,
is ownned and operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
The ship is the namesake of WHOIs first research
vessel, a 142-foot, steel-hulled, ketch-rigged ship
that sailed some 600,000 miles for ocean science from
1931 to 1966, and also the 210-foot Atlantis II, which served ocean science
over a million-mile, 8,000 day-at sea career that extended from 1963 to 1996.