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USM Ocean Science team to get state of the art research vessel

[2019.11.13, Wed 20:03] OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. - Pretty soon the University of Southern Mississippi's Ocean Science and Engineering team will have a new state of the art research ship at its disposal. A few months ago, Southern Miss was chosen to use one of three Regional Class Research Vessels to be built down the road in Houma, La. "Research vessels are like trucks, and this will be a very nice truck that will take people out on the water," said Dr. Monty Graham, Southern Miss associate vice president for research coastal operations. Graham also said once the new ship is built it will have lots of technological advancements, so those going out on research trips will have state of the art equipment to use out on the water. Owned by the National Science Foundation and valued at over $100 million, this 199-foot Regional Class Research Vessel is scheduled to begin construction in late 2019. This new research vessel is expected to be completed in 2023 and will become fully operational after a year of rigorous sea trials. Once finished, it will carry out research in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It will be the first new regional class research ship in the U.S. Academic Research Fleet to the Gulf of Mexico in nearly four decades.
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