In 2018, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science welcomed a new, state-of-the-art research vessel, the R/V Virginia. The Virginia is the most modern, most capable marine research vessel in its size class in the U.S. This talk will provide a brief history of the use of research vessels throughout the world while beginning to define what makes a modern research vessel a research vessel. Once defined, we will look at the rich history of research vessels operated by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science culminating with the newly constructed R/V Virginia.
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