The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(NEW LONDON, Conn.) – The U.S. Coast Guard Academy will christen the Michael J. Greeley, a new research vessel, during a 5:30 p.m. ceremony April 26, 2013, at the campus waterfront.
The vessel will greatly expand the academy's capabilities to conduct oceanographic research that will enhance the marine science curriculum. The Michael J. Greeley is capable of performing long distance trips, enabling coursework to take place not only in the Thames River but also in Long Island Sound and beyond. Expanded field operations are expected to translate into expanded laboratory operations, which will enhance hands-on learning opportunities for cadets.
The vessel was acquired as a gift from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Class of '61 through the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association. The engines and hydraulic equipment was supplied by the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The boat was designed by Response Marine, Inc., Newburyport, Mass., and built by Viking Welding and Fabrication in Kensington, N.H.
The vessel will be operated by personnel, active duty and civilian, who successfully complete the qualification training program.