University Of California San Diego News

10 Apr 2019

Scripps Adds New Research Vessel

Image by Pacific Power Group

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego has added to its fleet a fourth research vessel, which was constructed by Armstrong Marine. The research vessel Bob and Betty Beyster is expected to launch in mid-April for use in San Diego.Armstrong Marine of Port Angeles, Washington, designed the 42-foot aluminum hulled boat. Pacific Power Group, working closely with Armstrong, fit the vessel with a Volvo Penta IPS 650 propulsion system. This is…

26 May 2016

USNS Mercy Arrives in 7th Fleet for Pacific Partnership

Photo:  U.S. NAVY

Hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) arrived in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations May 24 in support of Pacific Partnership 2016. Now in its 11th year, Pacific Partnership is a multilateral, disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific Region. "Partner nations, who invited Pacific Partnership 2016 to visit, refined our mission's focus this year," said Capt. Tom Williams, U.S. Navy, Pacific Partnership 2016 mission commander. Pacific Partnership 2016 will conduct stops in Timor Leste…

01 May 2015

USN Announces 2015 Young Investigators

Department of the  USN

It's a career-defining moment for 36 college and university faculty April 30, as the Department of the Navy announces the recipients of its 2015 Young Investigator Program, one of the oldest and most selective scientific research advancement programs in the country. Collectively, awardees will receive $18.8 million in grants to fund research across a range of naval-relevant science and technology areas. This is a banner year for the program, administered by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), which increased funding by 50 percent over last year.

27 Apr 2015

Six Washington Students Earn Maritime Scholarships

Left to right: Bethany Shimasaki, Rosie Wilcox, Donald Lay, Connor Vincent, Christine Kimball and Alyssa Scott

The 11th annual Norm Manly Puget Sound Maritime (PSM) / Youth Maritime Training Association (YMTA) Maritime Educational Scholarship competition was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Compass Course Maritime Training. Bethany Shimasaki from Des Moines and attended Seattle Christian School, volunteers at Seattle Aquarium, and is planning to attend the University of California San Diego, majoring in marine science received a $2,000 scholarship  sponsored by Ocean Peace, Inc. Rosie Wilcox from Chimacum Pi Program…

11 Aug 2014

Oceanographic R/V 'Sally Ride' Christened

Christening 'Sally Ride': Photo USN

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus named the 'R/V Sally Ride' to honor the memory of Sally Ride, a scientist, innovator and educator. Ride was the first American woman and the youngest person in space. She later served as director of NASA’s Office of Exploration as well as the California Space Institute at University of California San Diego. “The christening of this ship is not only a celebration of the hard work and dedication of the men and women who have brought this vessel from an idea to a reality…

16 May 2014

U.S. Navy's AGOR 27: R/V Neil Armstrong

The ship as it was moved into the water at Dakota Creek Industries shipyard in Anacortes, Washington. (Photo courtesy of Gary McGrath, WHOI)

On March 29, the Ocean Class Auxiliary General Oceanographic Research (AGOR) vessel hull number 27 started its official life as the R/V Neil Armstrong, the first research vessel named after a space explorer. Carol Armstrong, the widow of the famed astronaut, performed the christening duties during a brief sunbreak on a windy and rainy Pacific Northwest afternoon. The number of illustrious speakers highlighted the rich diversity of agencies involved in the design, construction and operation of the vessel.

08 Jul 2013

Port of Long Beach Appoint Michael Gold Director of Communications

Michael Gold: Photo credit Port of Long Beach

The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners has selected Michael Gold as Director of Communications & Community Relations for the Port of Long Beach, beginning in mid-July. The Board voted Gold to the post at their July 1 meeting, following a six-month search to replace Heather Morris, who retired after heading the department for more than eight years. Gold has been working in the public affairs and legislative fields for more than 16 years. Prior to joining the Port of Long Beach…

30 May 2013

Drifter Buoys Launched from Warship

Launching Drifter Buoys: Photo credit USN

The buoys measure ocean currents up to 15 meters in depth, and were  launched during 'Pacific Partnership 2013' to measure sea surface temperatures and atmospheric pressure. All are important elements in creating an observation network, allowing for more accurate weather forecasts. "The mission of Pacific Partnership is disaster relief preparedness," said Lt.j.g. Jeffrey S. Grabon, Pacific Partnership Mobile Environment Team division officer. The buoys were deployed at specific coordinates while USS Pearl Harbor transited the Pacific Ocean to Samoa…

16 Apr 2013

Multiple U.S. Navy Ships Named

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announces the names of 7 new ships. “As secretary of the Navy, I have the great privilege of naming ships that will represent America with distinction as part of the fleet for many decades to come,” Mabus said. Names were chosen for  three joint high speed vessels (JHSV), the USNS Trenton, the USNS Brunswick and the USNS Carson City; an amphibious transport dock ship (LPD), the USS Portland; two littoral combat ships (LCS), the USS Wichita and the USS Manchester; and an ocean-class auxiliary general oceanographic research (AGOR) ship, the R/V Sally Ride. Joint high speed vessels are named for small American cities and counties that embody American values. Amphibious transport dock ships are named for major American cities.

02 Dec 2011

Seaspan Welcomes Brian Carter

Brian Carter, President, Seaspan Shipyards

Brian Carter is joining Seaspan Shipyards as President, assuming this role full-time beginning January 9, 2012. In this role, Brian is responsible for delivering the long-term strategic plans of Seaspan’s three shipyard operations (Vancouver Drydock, Vancouver Shipyards and Victoria Shipyards). In addition to working with Seaspan’s senior management team at both the corporate and shipyard level, one of Brian’s key areas of focus will be aligning the shipyard group for long-term success under the new $8 billion Federal Fleet Renewal Program.

07 Jun 2010

Tsai Joins DnB NOR Asia in Singapore

Photo courtesy Helix Media

Teddy Tsai, an Asia shipping and transport sector analyst with more than ten years’ expertise in investment research, has joined DnB NOR Asia at the bank’s regional headquarters in Singapore. Tsai has been appointed Deputy Head of Research in Asia and comes to the bank from his role as Head of Research at CLSA Capital Partners, in Hong Kong, where he worked as part of the investment team, developing overviews of the sectors including offshore supply, product tankers, dry bulk and container shipping.

07 Apr 2009

Horizon Helps Deliver Concrete Canoes

Engineering students from 12 universities around the country will began competing in Hawaii in the conference finals of the American Society of Civil Engineers' 22nd Annual ASCE National Concrete Canoe Competition. The winner of these races will earn a spot in the national championships in North Carolina this June. Before the concrete canoes could begin their sail to the finish line, however, they had to get to the starting line. Working together, Horizon Lines, LLC, and Horizon Logistics, LLC, coordinated the door-to-door delivery of the competition canoes from inland points in the continental United States to the Port of Los Angeles for ocean voyage aboard a Horizon Lines container vessel to Honolulu and on to final destination at the University of Hawaii.

09 Dec 2004

Scripps Oceanography and BP Announce Research Partnership

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), and BP America Inc. announce the signing of a three-year, $3 million-dollar partnership, marking the beginning of a long-term research collaboration. The initial focus of the program is to develop and evaluate new technologies to image and characterize the seafloor and subseafloor. Using a wide variety of surveying techniques such as electromagnetics, fiber optics, acoustics, autonomous underwater vehicles and ocean bottom seismographs, Scripps and BP scientists will further improve our understanding of the seabed and the processes that shape it. The seabed is a dynamic environment, shaped by tides, storms, earthquakes and other factors.

26 Dec 2006

Thomas, Mazzone to Head Naval Shipyards

Vice Adm. Paul Sullivan, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) announced the appointments of Capt. Gregory R. Maintenance Facility (PHNSY & IMF) in Hawaii, and Capt. Robert W. Maine. Operations Officer. vehicle, LSV-2 Cutthroat. Dynamics Electric Boat. Scientists and Engineers Professional Achievement Award. Conversion and Repair, Newport News, Va. Submarine Project Officer for SUPSHIP Newport News. inactivation of the ex-Narwhal (SSN 671). and deployed surface ships and submarines of the 7th Fleet. Commander Submarine Force, Atlantic Fleet, as the maintenance officer. to improve planning and execution of submarine depot availabilities. Award for academic excellence. 2006. from January 2005. Mazzone was promoted to Capt. in November 2004. reported to USS Dwight D.

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