RV Atlantis (AGOR-25)

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Career (USA)
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. 6 in. (16 m)
Draft: 19 feet (5.8 m)
Installed power: Three 715 kw 600 VAC
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, azimuthing stern thrusters, Bow Thruster: Azimuthing jet 1,180 SHP
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h) (12.4 mph)
Range: 17,280 NM
Endurance: 60 days
Boats and 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]. It is the host vessel of DSV Alvin. It was named for the first research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, R/V Atlantis for which the Shuttle Atlantis is also named.

Built in Mississippi

Atlantis was built by Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi. She was laid down on 16 August 1994 and launched on 1 February 1996. 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

  • 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

  • Laboratories: 3,517 sq. feet
  • Portable Van Space: At least six 20 ft. vans
  • Sewage System: Envirovac flushing system

Sister ships

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. http://www.unols.org/info/vessels.htm | University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System: UNOLS Vessels

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