Research vessel Roger Revelle
Research vessel Roger Revelle in San Diego Harbor near the Nimitz Marine Facility.


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R/V Roger Revelle is a highly capable Global Class research vessel that operates worldwide. Operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography as a shared-use facility within the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), Roger Revelle is available to all scientists supported by any US federal, state, and other agencies.

Scientific Capabilities

R/V Roger Revelle (AGOR 24) is a general-purpose oceanographic research vessel constructed by Halter Marine Inc. and delivered to the Office of Naval Research (ONR) for operation by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in 1996.  The vessel's suite of shared-use instrumentation is carefully maintained and regularly upgraded to offer scientists the most capable sensors available. 

Roger Revelle hosts the Hydrographic Doppler Sonar System (HDSS), a one-of-a-kind hull-mounted long-range dual-frequency (50-140 kHz) Doppler sonar that measures current shear at much higher resolution than commercially-available Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs). Revelle offers outstanding navigation and station-keeping characteristics, with a modern dynamic positioning system coupled to a flexible and powerful propulsion system. 

Other notable features of Roger Revelle include an EM122 deep-water multibeam mapping system featuring redundant motion sensors for failover protection, an X-band radar that measures surface wave properties, an advanced computer network with wired and wireless access for all scientists, triply-redundant (HiSeasNet, Fleet Broadband, 3G cellular) off-ship internet connections that provide uninterrupted web access, and a robust suite of modern, well-maintained sensing systems.

These capabilities, in addition to a suite of underway instruments, result in a capable and highly adaptable platform for scientific research across all disciplines of marine science.


R/V Roger Revelle is operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography under a charter agreement with the Office of Naval Research.  Roger Revelle is one of six major oceanographic research vessels owned by the U.S. Navy and operated within the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System as shared-use research facilites.


The National Science Foundation is the primary U.S federal agency supporting research at the frontiers of knowledge, across all fields of science and engineering (S&E) and all levels of S&E education. Important support for research vessel operations at Scripps Institution of Oceanography is supported by the National Science Foundation (including awards 1119644, 1212770, 1227624, and 1321002).