Navy, Scripps christen R/V Sally Ride, 20 Aug 2014 15:03

The U.S. Navy and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, christened the first vessel in the national research fleet named for a woman on Aug. 9 as a crowd of more than 150 dignitaries formally welcomed R/V Sally Ride dockside at the Anacortes, Wash., shipyard where it is being constructed.Tam O’Shaughnessy, companion of the late Sally Ride, who made history in 1983 when she became the first American female astronaut to travel to space, made the ship’s launch into the ocean official with a crack of a sparkling wine bottle on its hull and vote of confidence that the vessel will go on to do great things in the spirit of its namesake.


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