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Make waves for ocean science
Name an area of the R/V Neil Armstrong

Meet the nation’s newest ocean research ship, R/V Neil Armstrong. In 2010, the U.S. Navy selected the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution to operate the ship  –  based on WHOI’s reputation for skillfully operating ships around the world and in virtually all conditions.

The ship serves as a floating laboratory for ocean researchers as they work to advance humanity’s understanding of the ocean.

Per an agreement with the Navy, WHOI must invest $350,000 annually to operate and maintain Neil Armstrong. Our goal is to create a $7 million endowment for this purpose.

Private philanthropy, including naming opportunities on the ship, will help meet this goal while furthering WHOI’s leadership role in oceangoing research and education, while giving prestigious recognition to Armstrong’s generous donors.

Bridge: $1,250,000 – NAMED
The bridge is the nerve-center of the ship, with state-of-the-art communications, dynamic positioning, and command-and-control systems that enable researchers to explore the ocean’s farthest reaches safely and efficiently.

Main Lab: $1,000,000
Modern research vessels are floating laboratories designed to accommodate the wide variety of science activities conducted simultaneously. The 1,023-square-foot main lab of R/V Neil Armstrong is a flexible, multi-purpose space with direct access to the working deck and resources to keep the science party engaged and productive throughout their mission.

Working Deck: $1,000,000
The working deck is the focal point of activity on a research vessel. R/V Neil Armstrong’s 2,600-square-foot working deck features an A-frame with a 15-ton capacity, one crane with an 11-ton capacity, and a second, motion-compensated crane with a 5.5-ton capacity. By naming the working deck, you support one of the most critical spaces aboard and connect your name with leadership in ocean science for decades to come.

Engine Room: $500,000 – NAMED
A reliable engine room is crucial to the safety and success of all scientific missions. Propelled by two 1,121 horsepower main engines, an 831 horsepower stern thruster, and a 920 horsepower bow thruster, R/V Neil Armstrong can sustain a cruising speed of 12 knots for more than 11,000 miles and can hold station in the open ocean to within 16.5 feet. Its controllable pitch propellers are designed to conserve fuel and provide the highest efficiency in a variety of ocean states.

Seawater Analysis Lab: $500,000 – NAMED
The 398-square-foot seawater analysis lab is adjacent to the main lab and equipped to handle work with seawater, seafloor sediments, and other critical scientific samples. It is also equipped with a fume hood and an uncontaminated seawater system to enable sophisticated experiments while at sea.

Computer Lab: $250,000 – NAMED
The 311-square-foot computer lab houses the core of the ship’s data acquisition and computer resources. These include the multi-beam and single-beam survey systems and a sub-bottom profiler that give scientists a near-real-time view of the seafloor structure and composition virtually anywhere the ship travels.

Library & Conference Room: $250,000 – NAMED
The 275-square-foot library and conference room is located adjacent to the captain’s and chief engineer’s stateroom to facilitate collaboration among the officers and science party.

Lounge: $250,000 – NAMED
Centrally located, the Lounge affords all hands a place to relax, read, watch videos or play cards/games.

Chart House: $200,000 – NAMED
Adjacent to and astern of the Bridge/Pilot House, the Chart House is where today’s conventional navigation on paper charts (a legal requirement) takes place.

Engineering Main Operations & Control Center: $200,000 – NAMED
Strategically located adjacent to all the primary machinery rooms, the Engineering Main Operations and Control Center is where all of the ship’s propulsion, electrical, fire and flushing, ballast, and damage control systems are monitored and controlled by the ship’s engineering department. The modern systems on Armstrong are highly automated and all functions are displayed ergonomically in the Control Center, facilitating smooth and safe operations.

Aft Control Station: $150,000 – NAMED
Situated on the after edge of the deck house, the aft control station affords excellent views of the entire working deck. Inside are controls for the A-frame, the starboard side handling systems-for launch and retrieval of science packages, as well as the controls for the trawl and towing traction winch and the two hydrographic winches.

Hospital$100,000  – NAMED
The 198-square-foot hospital suite is designed to handle routine injuries and common ailments, as well as provide first-responder relief in more serious incidents. It includes one berth with an adjacent toilet/shower facility and is equipped with over-the-counter and prescription medications, as well as a range of medical equipment.

Marine Mammal Observation Area: $100,000 – NAMED
A 545-square-foot marine mammal observation area above the bridge features two observing stations equipped with high-powered optics to spot and observe marine life for both scientific and safety purposes.

Mess: $100,000  – NAMED
WHOI research vessels have a long tradition of providing superb meals around-the-clock, and the 592-square-foot mess is designed to deliver. It can accommodate roughly half the crew and science party at one sitting (mariners are accustomed to eating in shifts), and its equipment gives the ship’s cook all the tools necessary to keep stomachs full and everyone happy.

Staging Bay: $100,000
Located on the main deck with garage door access to the working deck and the main lab, this 303-square-foot enclosed space has many uses. As the name implies, the staging bay is used to assemble science packages prior to their deployment; it also serves as a temporary and convenient, but out-of-the way storage location.

ADA-Compliant Stateroom: $50,000 – NAMED
Located adjacent to the hospital on the main deck, the handicapped-accessible double room is a relatively new addition to research vessels. It recognizes that ship areas used by scientists and crew must be ADA compliant to ensure sea-going opportunities for the broadest possible segment of the research community.

Captain’s Stateroom: $50,000 – NAMED
The captain’s stateroom is not just a place to rest; it is also an office to conduct day-to-day business. This 304-square-foot stateroom is equipped with a bunk, a desk with communications access, and a private bathroom. The captain’s stateroom is also adjacent to the chief engineer’s stateroom and the conference room to facilitate collaboration.

Chief Engineer’s Stateroom: $50,000 – NAMED
Situated adjacent to the captain’s stateroom, the chief engineer’s 304-square-foot stateroom is specially- equipped with alarms to monitor machinery and other systems in the engine room. The chief engineer’s stateroom is also furnished with a bunk, a desk with communications access, and a private bathroom.

Scientific and Marine Crew Staterooms (20 available): $25,000
The Armstrong is outfitted with 29 staterooms to accommodate the scientific and marine crew. Each science party cabin is outfitted with two bunks, a desk, storage space and access to a shared bathroom. Marine crew members, who are often aboard the ship for months at a time, have single cabins with a bed, a desk, storage space and access to a shared bathroom.