After a wide-ranging search for nominations and thorough deliberations, the new Regional Class Research Vessel that will soon call the University of Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay Campus home has a name, according to a story from the Department of External Affairs and Communications at URI Today.
Graduate School of Oceanography Dean Bruce Corliss announced that the new vessel will be called Resolution following approval from the National Science Foundation. The naming of R/V Resolution follows the precedent set by GSO’s founding dean John A. Knauss of choosing a historical name for the R/V Endeavor, the research vessel operated by GSO for the past 40 years.
In July, NSF selected the East Coast Oceanographic Consortium, led by the University of Rhode Island, to operate the new $125 million oceanographic research ship, one of only three such vessels in the nation. The URI-led consortium includes the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the University of New Hampshire School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering — along with 13 associate members.
According to the press release, the R/V Resolution will support such scientific studies as the tracking of ocean currents and fish migration, seafloor surveys in earthquake-prone regions of the world, conservation of marine mammals and the food-web dynamics in the deep ocean. In addition, the ship will offer education and outreach opportunities for teachers, undergraduate and graduate students and the public.
The keel laying for the R/V Resolution will be May 7 at Gulf Island Shipyards, LLC in Louisiana, where Rhode Island Gov. Gina M. Raimondo will serve as ceremonial sponsor of the vessel and inscribe her initials into the ship’s keel. Raimondo will christen the vessel in 2021 when it is launched.
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