NSF, in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), successfully launched the R/V Sikuliaq (pronounced see-KOO-lee-ack), a "next-generation" global class research vessel, on Oct.13, 2012. Find out more in this news release.
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The Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE) in NSF's Directorate for Geosciences supports basic research and education to further understanding of all aspects of the global oceans and their interactions with the Earth and the atmosphere.
Hundreds of people endured wind and rain on the morning of Oct. 13, 2012, to attend the christening and launch ceremony for the 261-foot R/V Sikuliaq, the first research vessel built for NSF in more than three decades.
February 4, 2013
Next Generation Arctic Research Vessel On-track for Voyage of Discovery
R/V Sikuliaq launched and expected to begin work in Arctic waters in 2014
The National Science Foundation (NSF), in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), has successfully launched the R/V Sikuliaq, a "next-generation" global class research vessel. MMC is the Wisconsin shipyard that built the ship, with funding provided by NSF through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. UAF's School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences will operate the ship as part of the U.S. Academic Research Fleet.
The new vessel's name, Sikuliaq, pronounced "see-KOO-lee-ack," is an Inupiat word meaning "young sea ice." Construction work on the R/V Sikuliaq will continue throughout the winter. The ship is expected to arrive at its home port of Seward, Alaska, by January 2014.
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