RV Atlantis (AGOR-25)

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Research Vessel Atlantis.jpg
United States
Name: Atlantis
Owner: leased to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Builder: Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi
Laid down: 16 August 1994
Launched: 1 February 1996
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 25 February 1998, as R/V Atlantis (T-AGOR-25)
In service: February 1998 by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute under charter for the Office of Naval Research
Refit: in 1997, as a support ship for the U.S. Navy Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin
Notes: currently in service
General characteristics
Type: Thomas G. Thompson-class oceanographic research ship
Length: 273.2 ft. 9  in. (83.2 m)
Beam: 52.5 ft. (16 m)
Draft: 19 feet (5.8 m)
Installed power: Diesel Generators: Three 1500 kW, Three 715 kW 600 VAC.
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, azimuthing stern thrusters - 3000 HP per thruster, Bow Thruster: Azimuthing jet 1,180 SHP
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h) (12.4 mph)
Range: 17,280 NM
Endurance: 60 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
two rigid-hull inflatable rescue/work boats
Capacity: Fuel Capacity: 267,540 gallons
Complement: 22 Civilian Mariners; 24 Scientists; 12 Deep Submergence Operations Group (Alvin); 2 SSSG Techs.
Sensors and
processing systems:
As installed on Atlantis, the SeaBeam 2100/12 system consists of underhull projectors and diver-replaceable hydrophones, a single 19" electronics rack, an operator's workstation and peripherals.

R/V Atlantis is an oceanographic research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.[1] She is the host vessel of DSV Alvin.[2] She is named for the first research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, R/V Atlantis for which the Space Shuttle Atlantis is also named.

Built in Mississippi[edit]

Atlantis was built by Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi.[3] She was laid down in August 1994 and launched in February 1996.[4] She was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 25 February 1998, as R/V Atlantis (T-AGOR-25) a Thomas G. Thompson-class oceanographic research ship.

Deck equipment[edit]

  • Winches
    • Traction - 30,000' .68" EM or 9/16" wire
    • Hydro - 33,000' 3-cond. EM or 1/4" wire
  • Heavy Equipment
    • Cranes - two @ 42,000 lbs. cap
    • HIAB cranes (2)
    • Midships hydro boom

Miscellaneous on-board equipment[edit]

  • Laboratories: 3,517 square feet (326.7 m2)
  • Portable Van Space: At least six 20 ft (6.1 m). vans
  • Sewage System: Envirovac flushing system

Sister ships[edit]

The Atlantis and three other research ships were all built to the same basic design. The three sister ships are R/V Thomas G. Thompson (UW), R/V Roger Revelle (Scripps) and NOAAS Ronald H. Brown (NOAA).


  1. ^ University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System: UNOLS Vessels Archived 2011-11-02 at WebCite
  2. ^ "Research Vessel Atlantis". NOAA. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. ^ Woods Hole Currents. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 1996.
  4. ^ UNOLS News. UNOLS Office, School of Oceanography, University of Washington. 1995.

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