NOAAS Oceanographer (R 101)
NOAA Ship Oceanographer near Seattle, Washington
|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Oceanographer, a scientist who studies the ocean|
|Builder:||Aerojet General Shipyards, Jacksonville, Florida|
|Launched:||18 April 1964|
|In service:||13 July 1966|
|Out of service:||July 1981|
|In service:||8 April 1986|
|Out of service:||1989|
|Out of service:||1996|
|Fate:||Sold 1996; served as breakwater M/V Protector 1997-2005; sold for conversion to cruise ship Sahara 2005|
|Class & type:||Oceanographer-class oceanographic research ship|
|Tonnage:||3,701 gross register tons
1,095 net register tons
|Displacement:||4,033 tons (full load)|
|Length:||92.4 m (303 ft)|
|Beam:||15.8 m (52 ft)|
|Draft:||6.0 m (19.7 ft)|
|Installed power:||5,000 shaft horsepower (6.7 megawatts)|
|Propulsion:||Diesel-electric: Two Westinghouse 1150 diesel generator sets, two Westinghouse electric motors, two screws; 400-horsepower (0.54-megawatt) bow thruster; 937 tons fuel|
|Speed:||15.8 knots (sustained)|
|Range:||12,250 nautical miles (22,690 km) at 15 knots (28 km/h)|
|Complement:||79 (13 NOAA Corps officers, six licensed civilian officers, 60 crewmen) plus up to 24 scientists|
|One weather radar, two navigational radars; additional sensors installed before 1986 reactivation (see text)|
|Notes:||1.2 MW electrical power|
NOAAS Oceanographer (R 101), originally USC&GS Oceanographer, was an American Oceanographer-class oceanographic research vessel in service in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey from 1966 to 1970 and in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) from 1970 to 1996. She served as flagship of both the Coast and Geodetic Survey and NOAA fleets.
Oceanographer was laid down in 1964 by Aerojet General Shipyards at Jacksonville, Florida, and launched on 18 April 1964. She was completed in 1966, at 303 feet (92 meters) in length the largest vessel constructed for research purposes to date. Her stark white paint, large radome aft of the funnels and heavy crane on the aft deck gave her a distinctive appearance. She had chemistry, wet and dry oceanographic, meteorological, gravimetric, and photographic laboratories. She also had several precision oceanographic winches.
USC&GS Oceanographer entered service with the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey on 13 July 1966, the second Coast and Geodetic Survey ship of the name, serving as flagship of the Survey's fleet. When the Coast and Geodetic Survey and other United States Government agencies combined to form NOAA in 1970, she became flagship of the NOAA fleet and, as NOAAS Oceanographer, the first NOAA ship to bear the name.
During her 30 years of service, Oceanographer sailed over 2,000,000 nautical miles (3,700,000 km) in every major ocean. In 1967 she transited from the United States East Coast to the United States West Coast via the North Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, and Pacific making many good-will stops along the way. In 1969 she completed the circumnavigation of the globe she began in 1967 voyage when she returned to the U.S. East Coast.
Other highlights of Oceanographer's career included participation in the first large-scale, coordinated international sea-air interaction survey, known as the BOMEX Study, in 1969, and environmental base-line studies on deep-ocean mining (DOMES). In 1980, Oceanographer became the first U.S. Government vessel allowed into a port of the People's Republic of China.
Oceanographer was placed in reserve in July 1981. She underwent a major refit in which she received an Alden weatherfax, a Sperry Mark 37 gyro, a Raytheon X-band Pathfinder radar, Inmarsat, an MX1102 Global Positioning System, a new salinometer, a Shipboard Environmental Acquisition System with expendable bathythermograph gear, a new meteorological station, and a Doppler current profiling system, and returned to service with this new equipment on 8 April 1986. Placed in reserve in 1989, she later returned to service again.
Oceanographer and NOAA Ships Discoverer (R 102) and Malcolm Baldrige (R 103), ex-Researcher, were replaced by NOAAS Ronald H. Brown under the NOAA Fleet Modernization Program in the 1990s. After being decommissioned in 1996, Oceanographer was sold to the Kirkland Yacht Club Marina of Kirkland Washington, to act as a breakwater and was renamed M/V Protector. Protector was tied up at the marina from 1997 to 2005.
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