NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227)
NOAAS Bell M. Shimada underway, September 22, 2009.
|Career (United States)|
|Name:||NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227)|
|Namesake:||Bell M. Shimada|
|Builder:||Halter Marine, Inc., Moss Point, Mississippi|
|Launched:||September 26, 2008|
|Acquired:||February 2, 2010|
|Commissioned:||August 25, 2010|
|Identification:||Hull number: R227
Call letters: WTED
IMO number: 9349069
MMSI number: 369970147
|Status:||Active in NOAA Pacific Fleet|
|Type:||Fishery survey vessel|
|Length:||209.0 ft (63.7 m)|
|Beam:||49.2 ft (15.0 m)|
|Installed power:||Diesel Electric|
NOAAS Bell M. Shimada (R 227) is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) research vessel launched in September 2008. 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.
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.
- "NOAA Commissions New Research Ship Bell M. Shimada". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. August 25, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010.
- Media related to NOAA R 227 Bell M. Shimada (ship, 2008) at Wikimedia Commons
- NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada website
- Step Aboard America’s Most Advanced Ocean Research Vessel - Wired.com
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