The first ship in the United States’ academic research fleet to be built as a platform for both manned and unmanned deep-sea exploration was launched in Pascagoula, Mississippi, February 1
Senior officials from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and the U.S. Navy attended ceremonies August 16 at Halter Marine, Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi, for the laying of the keel for WHOI’s new research vessel, Atlantis (AGOR-25). The keel laying symbolizes the beginning of the construction of the as yet unnamed ship, which will enter service in about two and one-half years. The 274-foot ship will be the newest in the United States academic research fleet, which numbers about 25 ships.
Construction is progressing at Halter Marine Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi, on the 274-foot Atlantis (AGOR-25). The diagram indicates status of construction. TMG refers to Trinity Marine Gulfport and HMI indicates Halter
Halter Marine delivered the Thomas G. Thompson (AGOR-23) to the University of Washington in 1990 and is building the Roger Revelle (AGOR-24) for Scripps Institution of Oceanography for delivery in 1996. Delivery of Atlantis (AGOR-25) to WHOI is expected in 1997.