Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego Director Margaret Leinen is flanked by Navy officials during commissioning of R/V Sally Ride, Oct. 28, 2016. From left, Vice Admiral Nora Tyson, Rear Admiral Mathias Winter, Leinen, Frank Herr of the Office of Naval Research, Oceanographer of the Navy and Scripps alumnus Rear Admiral Tim Gallaudet, Captain and Scripps alumnus Rob Sparrock, and Rear Admiral Yancy Lindsey joined in the celebration. The commissioning at Broadway Pier drew several hundred guests including San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters, and members of the California state legislature. America's newest research vessel begins its first research cruise on Nov. 4 and will provide what officials termed "environmental intelligence" to the Navy (which owns the vessel), the United States, and the world.
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