Since 1960 approximately 220 million dollars have been invested in the construction and conversion of research and survey ships under sponsorship of or for use by federal agencies. Annual operating costs currently exceed 65 million dollars. The magnitude of these investments and the fundamental importance of ships to oceanography, warrant thorough analysis of the major influences on the development and current operation of the national oceanographic fleet, as well as reassessment of the fleet itself. This paper reviews the evolution of the fleet from a statistical standpoint and probes the design and construction processes used with particular emphasis on the class approach and the involvement of the oceanographer. Current and past constraints and operating dilemmas are discussed. Lessons learned from the past are set forth along with directions for the future.

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  • Pagination: p. 637-654

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  • Accession Number: 00035974
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Marine Technology Society
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 20 1974 12:00AM