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RV Kilo Moana (T-AGOR-26)
Stern of the Kilo Moana
Career (USA)
Name: Kilo Moana
Owner: Office of Naval Research
Builder: Atlantic Marine, Mobile, Alabama
Laid down: 9 February 2001
Launched: 17 November 2001
Acquired: by the U.S. Navy, 3 September 2003; by the University of Hawaii on 3 September 2003
Identification: Hawaii: HA 0532 XS
Status: in active service, as of 2022
General characteristics
Class & type: Kilo Moana-class oceanographic research ship
Tonnage: 1,407 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement: 2,547 long tons (2,588 t) at 25 ft (7.6 m) draft
Tons burthen: 3060 IGT[Clarification needed]
Length: 186 ft (57 m)
Beam: 88 ft (27 m)
Draft: 25 ft (7.6 m) (max), 23 ft (7.0 m) (min)
Speed: 15 knots (28 km/h; 17 mph) (max)
Range: 10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 12 knots (22 km/h; 14 mph)
Endurance: 50 days Food/Stores/FW
Capacity: fuel: 130,000 US gal (490,000 l; 110,000 imp gal)
Crew: 20 plus 28 scientists

RV Kilo Moana (T-AGOR-26) is a small waterplane area twin hull (SWATH) oceanographic research ship owned by the US Navy and operated by the University of Hawaii as a part of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet.[1] She was designed to operate in coastal and blue water areas. The unique SWATH hull-form provides a comfortable, stable platform in high sea conditions.

In January 2012 Kilo Moana began taking on water from a baseball sized hole in her hull.[Clarification needed] The crew of the vessel along with the United States Coast Guard were able to temporarily plug the hole and pump out the flooded spaces. She returned to her homeport of Honolulu safely and entered emergency drydock to repair the damaged hull.


Kilo Moana was built by Atlantic Marine, Jacksonville, Florida, for the Office of Naval Research. She was laid down on 9 February 2001 and launched on 17 November 2001. On 3 September 2003 Kilo Moana was delivered to the Navy as a Kilo Moana-class oceanographic research ship and leased to the University of Hawaii on the same day.

See also

  • Oceanography


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