The first U.S. Navy named for Sally Kristen Ride (26 May 1951–23 July 2012). For additional information see Biography of Sally Ride http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/ride-sk.html.
(T-AGOR-28: displacement 3,043; length 238'; beam 89'; draft 21'; speed 20 knots; complement 31; armament none; class Neil Armstrong)
Sally Ride (T-AGOR-28) was laid down on 31 August 2012 at Anacortes, Wash., by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc.; launched on 4 August 2014; sponsored by Dr. Tamara E. O’Shaughnessy; and was delivered to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) on 23 September 2015.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution of Woods Hole, Mass., will operate Sally Ride under a renewable charter-party agreement 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.
Detailed history pending.
Mark L. Evans
30 December 2015