NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227)

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NOAAS Bell M. Shimada underway, September 22, 2009.
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Name: NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227)
Namesake: Bell M. Shimada
Owner: NOAA
Operator: NOAA
Builder: Halter Marine, Inc., Moss Point, Mississippi
Launched: September 26, 2008
Acquired: February 2, 2010
Commissioned: August 25, 2010
Homeport: Newport, Oregon
Identification: Hull number: R227
Call letters: WTED
IMO number: 9349069
MMSI number: 369970147
Status: Active in NOAA Pacific Fleet
General characteristics
Type: Fishery survey vessel
Length: 209.0 ft (63.7 m)
Beam: 49.2 ft (15.0 m)
Installed power: Diesel Electric
Propulsion: TECO Westinghouse

NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227) is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel launched in September 2008.[1] The ship was named by students at Marina High School in Monterey, California, who won NOAA's vessel-naming contest. The ship's namesake, Bell M. Shimada, served with the Bureau of Fisheries and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and was known for his studies of tropical Pacific tuna stocks.[1]

Bell M. Shimada was designed to have a low acoustic signature and is equipped with a sonar system and equipment for deploying buoys and sensor-packed underwater vehicles. The ship is used to study fish, marine mammals, and marine bird populations.[1]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  1. ^ a b c "NOAA Commissions New Research Ship Bell M. Shimada". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 

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