Designed as single-hull ships, AGOR
27 and AGOR
28 are each approximately 238 feet long and incorporate the latest technologies, including high-efficiency diesel engines, emissions controls for stack gasses, new information technology tools both for monitoring shipboard systems and for communicating with the world, and hull coatings to reduce maintenance requirements.
Retiring four older AGORs, Conrad, Thompson, Washington, and Gyre (AGOg is Navyspeak for Auxiliary General-purpose Oceanographic Research--see figure on page 13 for list of AGORs),
In FY '91 and FY'92, Congress appropriated funds for AGORs 24 and 25 respectively to complete the class.
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution also submitted a bid for one of the AGORs.