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Neil Armstrong (T-AGOR-27)

The first U.S. Navy named for Neil Alden Armstrong (5 August 1930–25 August 2012). For additional information see Biography of Neil Armstrong

(T-AGOR-27: displacement 3,043; length 238'; beam 89'; draft 21'; speed 20 knots; complement 31; armament none; class Neil Armstrong)

Neil Armstrong (T-AGOR-27) was laid down on 17 August 2012 at Anacortes, Wash., by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc.; launched on 22 February 2014; sponsored by Mrs. Carol H. Armstrong, widow of the late astronaut and naval aviator; and was delivered to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on 23 September 2015.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Woods Hole, Mass., will operate Neil Armstrong under a renewable charter-party arrangement with the Office of Naval Research. She will be an oceanographic research ship equipped with acoustic equipment capable of mapping the deepest parts of the oceans, and modular on-board laboratories that will provide the flexibility to meet a wide variety of oceanographic research challenges. These will make her capable of supporting a wide range of oceanographic research activities conducted by academic institutions and national laboratories. Additionally, the research vessel will be outfitted with multi-drive, low-voltage diesel electric propulsion systems. This upgraded system will maintain the ship's engine efficiency while lowering her maintenance and fuel costs.

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An artist’s rendering of a Neil Armstrong-class ship, 24 September 2012. (Unattributed U.S. Navy Image 120924-N-ZZ999-101, Navy NewsStand)
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Dr. Susan K. Avery, president and director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, welds the keel at the authentication of Neil Armstrong and dedication of the next ship in the class (T-AGOR-28), 17 August 2012. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joan E. Jennings, U.S. Navy Photograph 120817-N-DX364-235, Navy NewsStand)
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Carol H. Armstrong, Neil Armstrong’s sponsor, breaks a bottle across the ship’s bow during her christening ceremony at the Dakota Creek shipyard in Anacortes, Wash, 29 March 2014. Joining Armstrong on the platform are Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder (left), Chief of Naval Research, Dick Nelson, President of Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., and Kali Armstrong, granddaughter of the late astronaut. (John F. Williams, U.S. Navy Photograph 140329-N-PO203-336, Navy NewsStand)

Detailed history pending.

Mark L. Evans

30 December 2015

Published: Mon Jan 11 13:21:49 EST 2016