Research Vessel Rachel Carson

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The R/V Rachel Carson started her life as an oil field supply vessel (OSV) operating in the Gulf of Mexico. After a year-long search for a replacement vessel for the R/V Point Lobos and R/V Zephyr, MBARI purchased the OSV Odyssea Team on July 19, 2011. Following a 22-day transit from La Rose, Louisiana to Alameda, California and extensive refitting, she was christened by Julie Packard on July 21, 2012 at MBARI’s open house celebration. The R/V Rachel Carson is MBARI’s coastal vessel. This multipurpose vessel is capable of supporting the ROV Ventana, multiple Dorado class AUVs, launch and recovery of M-class moorings, and many sea surface and subsea instrument packages. The R/V Rachel Carson will support MBARI science and ocean engineering efforts for many years to come.

At Sea

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Research Vessel Western Flyer
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Research Vessel Rachel Carson
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