R/V Roger Revelle

R/V Roger Revelle

R/V Roger Revelle

R/V Roger Revelle

R/V Roger Revelle (AGOR 24) is the second of three AGOR oceanographic ships built by the U.S. Navy for operation by American oceanographic institutions.The Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UC San Diego, in collaboration with the Marine Science Institute at UCSB and the Institute of Marine Sciences at UCSC, won the competition to operate the vessel, with Scripps as the designated operating institution.  R/V Roger Revelle began construction at Halter Marine, Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi, in early 1993, was launched in April of 1995, and sailed on her maiden voyage from Mississippi to San Diego in July 1996.

She is named for Roger R. D. Revelle (1909-1991), one of the twentieth century's most eminent statesmen of science. He was a distinguished university researcher and professor, the officer in charge of the oceanographic section of the Bureau of Ships (now Naval Sea Systems Command), a creator of the Office of Naval Research and head of its Geophysics Section, director of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, founder of UC San Diego, a leader of international science organizations and research programs, a high-level advisor to governments, initiator and director of the Center for Population Studies at Harvard, and one of the first persons to recognize, study, and interpret to the public the issues of carbon dioxide emissions, the greenhouse effect and global warming. 

Of seagoing research and his years at Scripps Revelle once said, "What I did was to send the institution out to sea, to make it a worldwide institution instead of just a local California institution. The farthest we ever went before the war was the Gulf of California....By the time I left we had a Navy that ranked with that of Costa Rica and had sailed literally millions of miles everywhere in the world."

R/V Roger Revelle continues this legacy of voyaging to observe our watery planet, so that people may comprehend how it works and how best to live in harmony with it.