NOAA R/V Miller Freeman is a 215-foot fisheries and oceanographic research vessel and is one of the largest research trawlers in the United States. The Miller Freeman's primary mission is to provide a working platform for the study of the ocean's living resources.The ship is named for Miller Freeman (1875-1955), a publisher who was actively involved in the international management of fish harvests. The ship was launched in 1967, but not fully rigged until 1975. The vessel was again re-rigged in 1982. Miller Freeman is homeported in Seattle, Washington, at the Marine Operations Center. With a 12,578 mile / 31 day endurance, Miller Freeman is capable of operating in any waters of the world.The Miller Freeman is owned by the United States of America, Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The ship is operated by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations and carries a complement of 7 NOAA Corps officers, 27 crew members, and maximum of 11 scientists.
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