RV Sally Ride (AGOR-28) is a Neil Armstrong-class research vessel owned by the United States Navy and operated by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.[1] The ship was named for Sally Ride, the first US woman in space.

RV Sally Ride
Sally Ride (AGOR-28) in Padilla Bay, Washington in February 2016
United States
NameSally Ride
NamesakeSally Ride
OwnerOffice of Naval Research
OperatorScripps Institution of Oceanography
AwardedFebruary 3, 2012
BuilderDakota Creek Industries, Anacortes, Washington
Laid downAugust 31, 2012
LaunchedAugust 4, 2014
AcquiredJuly 1, 2016
HomeportSan Diego, CA
General characteristics
Class and typeNeil Armstrong-class research vessel
Tonnage2,641 GT
Displacement3,043 long tons (3,092 t)
Length238 ft (73 m)
Beam50 ft (15 m)
Draft15 feet
Installed power2 × Siemens AC electric motors
Speed12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph) (max)
Range10,545 nmi (19,529 km; 12,135 mi)
Endurance40 days
Crew20 crew + 24 scientists



Sally Ride is a commercially designed, monohull research vessel, capable of both coastal and deep ocean oceanography operations. The ship is equipped with cranes and winches for over-the-side loading of research equipment and supplies, as well as accommodations for twenty-four scientists. It is powered by a multi-drive, low-voltage, diesel electric propulsion system for efficiency and lower maintenance and fuel costs. Both Neil Armstrong-class ships have oceanographic equipment allowing deep ocean mapping and information technology for ship monitoring and worldwide land-based communication.[2]

The ship was christened by the U.S. Navy and Sally Ride's life partner Tam O'Shaughnessy in 2014.[3]

Cruise History


Sally Ride commonly undertakes work with the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries (CalCOFI) program, and in 2020, fielded the first all-female science party.[4]

See also



  1. ^ "Sally Ride (AGOR 28)". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Ship construction". Archived from the original on October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 30, 2016.
  3. ^ Pearlman, Robert (August 12, 2014). "Navy Christens Research Ship for Sally Ride, 1st US Woman in Space". SPACE.com.
  4. ^ "Aboard the Sally Ride, an all-female science team made this research cruise historic". Los Angeles Times. September 14, 2020. Retrieved April 23, 2024.