Oceanographic Research Ship
During the 1970s a pair of new research ship were built by the U.S. Navy specifically for multi-disciplinary oceanographic research. R/V GYRE, built for the U. S. Navy by Halter Marine Services of New Orleans, Louisiana, was launched in mid-1973. GYRE's variable pitch/variable speed twin screws and rudders, and continuously variable tunnel bow thruster, provide excellent maneuvering and slow-speed operational control.
The Research Vessel Gyre (AGOR-21), a 182-foot vessel with an 8,000 mile cruising range, began operations for the Oceanography Department of Texas A&M University in January, 1974, operating from its home port located in Galveston. The vessel was extensively remodeled in 1980-84 with the addition of a new deckhouse.
The workhorse of the University of Hawaii fleet, the Moana Wave, retired from the Navy's University National Oceanographic Laboratory Systems fleet in 1999.
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