The research vessel (R/V) Atlantis is owned by the U.S. Navy and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). It is one of the most sophisticated research vessels afloat, and is specifically outfitted for launching and servicing the Alvin submersible.
Atlantis is equipped with six science labs and storage spaces, precision navigation systems, seafloor mapping sonar, and satellite communications. The ship’s three winches, three cranes, machine shop, and specialized hangars were specifically designed to support Alvin and other deep-sea exploration vehicles.
The ship carries a complement of 36 crew members, science technicians, deep submergence group members, as well as a scientific party of 24 men and women for as long as 60 days.
For a full description of Atlantis, including specifications, laboratories, and equipment, visit: R/V Atlantis.