Section 1: Welcome Aboard

In order to make your stay aboard more enjoyable and productive scientifically, you are requested to observe the following guidelines:

  1. The Coast Guard requires that Fire and Abandon Ship drills be conducted every week at sea. During these drills and in the event of an actual emergency you are to wear your life jacket, hard-soled shoes, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and some form of head covering. This is for your protection. Your muster and duty stations are found on the station card attached to your bunk. Drills are taken seriously. Listen carefully to the deck officers' instructions.
  2. Safety is of the utmost importance. Please wear a work vest, hard hat, and work suit as appropriate when working on deck with gear over the side. Wear adequate foot protection on deck. The deck officer will point out any unsafe practices, but don't hesitate to act if you see an unsafe condition. Do not go out on deck at night alone, or in bad weather, without first notifying the bridge. Request permission from the bridge before turning on deck lights.
  3. The possession of drugs or alcohol is strictly forbidden by University regulations.
  4. Conserve fresh water at all times; we do not have a limitless supply. Do a full load of laundry rather than a partial one. Take short showers.
  5. Meals are cafeteria style. Watch standers have priority in line. Bus your dishes and silverware to the scullery. Cups and glasses are numbered and correspond to your bunk number. There will usually be more than one sitting to feed all aboard; please vacate the mess hall once you have finished to make room for others. Meal times and other information are posted. Shirt and shoes are required at meals.
  6. Clean linens are available in the linen locker on the focsle deck.
  7. If you wish to visit the bridge or engine room, please request permission from the watch officer. These are busy places, so you may be asked to come back another time, depending on the current operation.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. We are here solely for the purpose of accomplishing the scientific mission. This requires the cooperation of all personnel aboard.

Thank you.

T.J. Desjardins
Captain, R/V Sally Ride

History of R/V Sally Ride

R/V Sally Ride (AGOR 28) is the second of two new-generation AGOR oceanographic ships built by the U.S. Navy for operation by American oceanographic institutions. The first vessel, R/V Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) was delivered to Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in early 2016. Institutions wishing to operate AGOR 27 or 28 submitted competitive proposals to the Office of Naval Research in 2009. These proposals were rated on the basis of scientific merit, ship operating expertise, institutional cost sharing, and other measures of merit. The Scripps Institution of Oceanography of UCSD was designated as the operating institution of AGOR 28. The announcement of the award was made by the Navy in May 2010. The Secretary of the Navy designated the class of ship as Armstrong, with the names being Neil Armstrong (AGOR 27) and Sally RIde (AGOR 28). R/V Sally Ride began construction at Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Washington, in 2012, was launched in August of 2014, and sailed on her maiden voyage from Anacortes to San Diego in August, 2016.

Dr. Sally K. Ride (1951-2012) was the first American woman to travel into space. She graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in English, and then going on to achieve an M.S. and PhD in physics while applying for the NASA shuttle program. She became one of the first six female astronauts in NASA history, and flew aboard space shuttle Challenger twice, in 1983 and 1984. After retiring, she joined the faculty at University of California, San Diego as a professor in the physics department and director of the California Space Institute. In 2001 she founded Sally Ride Science, a program designed to keep kids, especially girls, interested in science. She co-authored multiple books about space aimed at kids.

Her 343 hours in space inspired the her life’s work to encouraging learning and engagement in children, and working to protect the planet. A quote from Sally Ride about seeing the Earth from the space shuttle -  

“I remember the first time that I looked towards the horizon. I saw the blackness of space, and then the bright blue earth. And then I noticed right along the horizon it looked as if someone had taken a royal blue crayon and just traced along the Earth’s horizon. And then I realized that that blue line, that really thin royal blue line, was Earth’s atmosphere, and that was all there was of it. And it’s so clear from that perspective how fragile our existence is. It makes you appreciate how important it is to take care of that atmosphere.”

Sally Ride won many awards during her lifetime, and continues to be honored. Her life and business partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, was named the christening sponsor of the ship and broke a bottle of champagne across her bow on August 9, 2014. The ship was handed over for operation by Scripps Institution of Oceanography on July 1, 2016.

SIO is honored to continue Dr. Sally Ride’s legacy aboard R/V Sally Ride, which will engage a generation of scientists in learning about our planet in order to protect it.



INTRODUCTION - The purpose of this handbook is to acquaint personnel with the characteristics and capabilities of R/V Sally Ride. It provides a good review of what can and cannot be done on the ship, and lists sources of more detailed information. It directs your attention to a number of important safety matters. We hope that by reading it well in advance of your cruise, you will spot problems in time to seek out satisfactory solutions, see how to prepare more smoothly and efficiently, and perhaps discover new or better ways to accomplish a certain task.

REVISIONS - The handbook is subject to ongoing revisions. We want it to represent the best information available from the experience of personnel at sea, and so we welcome comments or corrections, suggestions for better arrangement of material, additions, etc. Please send any such input directly to the Ship Scheduling Office.

A CAUTIONARY NOTE ON ACCURACY - While reasonable efforts are made to update the handbook as needed and to issue new versions in the wake of significant changes on the ship, it is impossible to assure complete accuracy at all times. In all cases, make your particular research equipment needs known on the Ship Time Request Form and contact relevant technical support groups to ensure that critical gear is ready for your work.

OTHER SOURCES OF INFORMATION - Please refer to the Scripps Cruise Planning Portal for more information. In addition, please review the UNOLS RVOC Safety Training Manual, Research Party Supplement:

and the UNOLS Research Vessel Safety Standards:

Schedules, ship layouts and other ship related information are available via the SOMTS web pages.

Most scientific cruises will wish to make use of the technical support, equipment, or advice of one or more of the technician groups at SIO. In all cases, a timely and clear explanation of your needs is to your advantage. The principal groups are listed in the next section. Most of these groups perform recharge activities.