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Next generation Arctic research vessel on track for voyage of discovery -- Science Nation


Next generation Arctic research vessel on track for voyage of discovery

NSF, in cooperation with the Marinette Marine Corporation (MMC) and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks (UAF), 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."

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