RV Atlantis (AGOR-25)

R/V Atlantis is an oceanographic research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution as part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.[1] She is the host vessel of DSV Alvin.[2] She is named for the first research vessel operated by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, R/V Atlantis for which the Space Shuttle Atlantis is also named.

United States
Name: Atlantis
Owner: leased to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Builder: Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi
Laid down: 16 August 1994
Launched: 1 February 1996
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 25 February 1998, as R/V Atlantis (AGOR-25)
In service: February 1998 by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute under charter for the Office of Naval Research
Refit: in 1997, as a support ship for the U.S. Navy Deep Submergence Vehicle Alvin
Notes: currently in service
General characteristics
Type: Thomas G. Thompson-class oceanographic research ship
Length: 273.2 ft. 9  in. (83.2 m)
Beam: 52.5 ft. (16 m)
Draft: 19 feet (5.8 m)
Installed power: Diesel Generators: Three 1500 kW, Three 715 kW 600 VAC.
Propulsion: Diesel-electric, azimuthing stern thrusters - 3000 HP per thruster, Bow Thruster: Azimuthing jet 1,180 SHP
Speed: 11 knots (20 km/h) (12.4 mph)
Range: 17,280 NM
Endurance: 60 days
Boats & landing
craft carried:
two rigid-hull inflatable rescue/work boats
Capacity: Fuel Capacity: 267,540 gallons
Complement: 22 Civilian Mariners; 24 Scientists; 12 Deep Submergence Operations Group (Alvin); 2 SSSG Techs.
Sensors and
processing systems:
As installed on Atlantis, the SeaBeam 2100/12 system consists of underhull projectors and diver-replaceable hydrophones, a single 19" electronics rack, an operator's workstation and peripherals.

Built in Mississippi

Atlantis was built by Halter Marine Inc., Gulfport, Mississippi.[3] She was laid down in August 1994 and launched in February 1996.[4] She was delivered to the U.S. Navy on 25 February 1998, as R/V Atlantis (AGOR-25) a Thomas G. Thompson-class oceanographic research ship.

Deck equipment

  • Winches
    • Traction - 30,000' .68" EM or 9/16" wire
    • Hydro - 33,000' 3-cond. EM or 1/4" wire
  • Heavy Equipment
    • Cranes - two @ 42,000 lbs. cap
    • HIAB cranes (2)
    • Midships hydro boom

Miscellaneous on-board equipment

  • Laboratories: 3,517 square feet (326.7 m2)
  • Portable Van Space: At least six 20 ft (6.1 m). vans
  • Sewage System: Envirovac flushing system

Sister ships

The Atlantis and three other research ships were all built to the same basic design. The three sister ships are R/V Thomas G. Thompson (UW), R/V Roger Revelle (Scripps) and NOAAS Ronald H. Brown (NOAA).


  1. University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System: UNOLS Vessels Archived 2011-11-02 at WebCite
  2. "Research Vessel Atlantis". NOAA. Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  3. Woods Hole Currents. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. 1996.
  4. UNOLS News. UNOLS Office, School of Oceanography, University of Washington. 1995.

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