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Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer

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Science, Operations, and Maintenance Support for the United States Antarctic Program  (Raytheon Technical Services Company LLC)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Research Vessel Nathaniel B. Palmer is one of two research ships with icebreaking capability operated by the United States Antarctic Program (USAP) to support research throughout the Southern Ocean region, particularly in the Ross Sea near McMurdo Station. A first-rate platform for global change studies, including biological, oceanographic, geological and geophysical components, the ship can operate safely year-round in Antarctic waters that are often stormy or covered with sea ice.

NSF Award:  0000373 

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M/V Nathaniel B. Palmer at McMurdo Station pier
Peter West, National Science Foundation