RV Roger Revelle (AGOR-24)

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Scripps research vessel Roger Revelle
Career (USA)
Name: Roger Revelle
Namesake: Roger Randall Dougan Revelle, a scientist and scholar who was instrumental in the formative years of the University of California, San Diego and was one of the first scientists to study global warming and the movement of Earth's tectonic plates
Builder: Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi
Laid down: 9 December 1993
Launched: 20 April 1995
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 11 June 1996, as RV Roger Revelle (T-AGOR-24)
Maiden voyage: Mississippi to San Diego, California, in July of 1996
In service: leased to Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, June 1996
Identification: State I.D#: CF6354XF
Notes: Radio Call Sign: KAOU
General characteristics
Class and type: Thomas G Thompson-class oceanographic research ship
Tonnage: 2,155 tons
Tons burthen: 3,200 tons
Length: 83.5m
Beam: 16m
Draft: 5.8m (max)
Propulsion: diesel-electric, two 3,000hp z-drives
Speed: 12.5 knots
Range: 15,000 at 12 knots (fuel)
Endurance: 52 days at 12 knots (fuel)
Capacity: Fuel: 227,500 (planning)
Complement: 25 civilian mariners; 34 scientific parte
Armament: none

R/V Roger Revelle is a research vessel operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography under charter agreement with Office of Naval Research as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.[1] It was named for scientist Roger Revelle.

Built in Mississippi

Roger Revelle was built by Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi. She was laid down on 9 December 1993 and launched on 20 April 1995. She was delivered to the U.S. Navy 11 June 1996, as RV Roger Revelle (T-AGOR-24), a Thomas G. Thompson-class oceanographic research ship.

Operational history

Ship Schedule [1].

Captain’s daily report

The captain’s daily report or her daily position at sea is available at [2].

Current view through the ship’s camera

Navigational capabilities

  • GPS Trimble Tansmon P-Code
  • GPs Trimble NT 200 DGPS
  • RADAR Sperry 3 cm, 10 cm
  • ADU GPs Ashtech Attitude-sensing System
  • Acoustic Positioning System Nautronix 916 SBL/LBL
  • Fathometer Furuno FV 700 50 kHz
  • Doppler Speed Log – ODEC 200 kHz
  • Doppler Speed Log – EDO 600 kHz
  • Dynamic Positioning - ROBERTSON
  • ADF - SIMRAD Taiyo
  • Gyro - Sperry MK 37 (2)

Sister ships

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


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

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