#USNavy's newest research ship, R/V Neil Armstrong, christened @NASA
ARLINGTON, Va. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder joined family members of the late Neil Armstrong March 29 to christen the Navy's newest research ship, named for the legendary astronaut and first man to walk on the moon. The lead Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) ship in its class, the research vessel (R/V) Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) began construction in 2012 and will be delivered to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in January 2015 to continue studies in the Atlantic, western Pacific and Indian ocean regions. "I can't think of a better name to go on the side of a ship designed for exploration and discovery," Klunder said. "R/V Neil Armstrong will play a pivotal role in teaching the Navy about the ocean so we can more effectively plan our operations around the world." The Navy, through the Office of Naval Research (ONR), has been a ...