Oceanographic Research Ships (AGOR)

Most recent update: October 28, 2016.


The Navy's oceanographic research ships are almost all post-war builds and most of them were designed and built for their purpose, making this sector a valuable one for the second-tier shipbuilders.

Type # Name Shipbuilder Location Hull # LDT LOA Price ($mm) Delivery Disposition
AGOR 1 Josiah Willard Gibbs Lake Washington Seattle WA   1,766 312   15-Dec-58 Built 1944 as AVP 51, to Greece 1977 as Hephaistos (A-413)
AGOR 2 H. U. Sverdrup   Norway           Never commissioned in USN
AGOR 3 Robert D. Conrad Gibbs Jacksonville FL 613 1,400 209   29-Nov-62 Scrapped 2003
AGOR 4 James M. Gillis Christy Corp. Sturgeon Bay WI 415 1,400 209   5-Nov-62 To Mexico 1983 as Altair (H-05), active
AGOR 5 Charles H. Davis Christy Corp. Sturgeon Bay WI 416 1,400 209   25-Jan-63 To New Zealand 1970 as Tui (A-2), reefed 1999 off Tutukaka
AGOR 6 Sands Marietta Mfg Point Pleasant WV 911 1,400 209   13-Nov-64 To Brazil 1990 as ALM Camara (H-41), active
AGOR 7 Lynch Marietta Mfg Point Pleasant WV 912 1,400 209   23-Jul-65 Scrapped 2001
AGOR 8 Eltanin Avondale New Orleans LA 801 1,850 266   23-Aug-62 Built 1957 as AK 270, to Argentina 1974 as Islas Orcadas, scrapped 1979
AGOR 9 Thomas G. Thompson Marinette Marine Marinette WI 409 1,400 209   1-Aug-65 Gosport (IX 517) 1997, sunk as target 2004
AGOR 10 Thomas Washington Marinette Marine Marinette WI 410 1,400 209   17-Sep-65 To Chile 1992 as Vidal Gormaz (AGOR 60), scrapped 2012
AGOR 11 Mizar Avondale New Orleans LA 802 1,850 266   15-Apr-64 Built 1957 as AK 272, to NDRF 1992, scrapped 2005
AGOR 12 De Steiguer Northwest Marine Portland OR 53 1,520 245 4.2 28-Feb-69 To Tunisia 1992 as Salammbo (A 701), active
AGOR 13 Bartlett Northwest Marine Portland OR 54 1,520 245 4.2 31-Mar-69 To Morocco 1993 as Abou el Barakat al Barbari (A 702), active
AGOR 14 Melville Defoe Sbldg. Bay City MI 442 2,670 279 5.9 1-Aug-69 Assigned to Scripps Institution, active
AGOR 15 Knorr Defoe Sbldg. Bay City MI 443 2,670 279 5.9 14-Jan-70 Assigned to Woods Hole Institution, active
AGOR 16 Hayes Todd Seattle Seattle WA 47 2,329 246 14.0 21-Jul-71 AG 195 1992, NISMF 2008
AGOR 17 Chain Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA   1,900 213   15-Apr-67 Built 1944 as ARS 20, scrapped 1979
AGOR 18 Snatch Basalt Rock Co. Napa CA   1,900 213   15-Apr-67 Built 1944 as ARS 27, renamed Argo 1967, scrapped 1971
AGOR 19                 Cancelled 1968
AGOR 20                 Cancelled 1968
AGOR 21 Gyre Halter Marine Moss Point MS 375 950 165   14-Nov-73 Assigned to Texas A. & M., to NDRF 2005
AGOR 22 Moana Wave Halter Marine Moss Point MS 376 950 165   16-Jan-74 Assigned to U. of Hawaii, sold 1999, active
AGOR 23 Thomas G. Thompson Halter Marine Moss Point MS 1148 2,100 274 20.8 8-Jul-91 Assigned to U. of Washington, active
AGOR 24 Roger Revelle Halter Marine Moss Point MS 1358 2,100 274 34.6 11-Jun-96 Assigned to Scripps Institution, active
AGOR 25 Atlantis Halter Marine Moss Point MS 1416 2,100 274 33.6 25-Feb-98 Assigned to Woods Hole Institution, actiive
AGOR 26 Kilo Moana Atlantic Marine Jacksonville FL 244 2,500 274 42.0 21-May-02 Assigned to U. of Hawaii, active
AGOR 27 Neil Armstrong Dakota Creek Anacortes WA 58 3,204 238 74.1 23-Sep-15 Assigned to Woods Hole Institution, active
AGOR 28 Sally Ride Dakota Creek Anacortes WA 59 3,204 238 70.9 1-Jul-16 Assigned to Scripps Institution, active