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The Legacy of NOAA Ship Albatross IV

The Albatross IV was designed specifically to conduct fisheries and oceanographic research. The first stern trawler to be built in the United States, the vessel was commissioned in 1963 and departed on its first research cruise five days later from NOAA Fisheries' Woods Hole Laboratory. The Albatross IV was decommissioned in 2008, after 45 years of service.