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The construction of an ocean class research vessel

This is Science Today. For over a decade, the oceanographic community has been working on a new class of research vessels called an ocean class vessel.

Appelgate:     The ocean class research vessel is going to be a new kind of ship. It's going to have a suite of instruments on it that's similar to our biggest and most capable vessels, yet it's going to have a smaller footprint and hopefully be a little more efficient than our biggest ships are right now.

Narrator:        Bruce Appelgate, the associate director of the University of California, San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography says Scripps will operate an ocean class vessel called the AGOR-28 for the United States Navy.

Appelgate:     We're very pleased to have been selected as the operator of AGOR-28. AGOR-28 is especially important to Scripps scientists because of the kinds of research we do here - from the biology of the oceans to geology, the physics of the water masses to climate change issues. And this new vessel is going to be able to support all those different aspects of oceanography.

Narrator:        For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.