|I am pleased as the first speaker at this meeting of the Institute of Navigation to have the opportunity to tell you about the background of teh U.S. Antarctic Research Program (USARP) and about the work of our ship, the USNS Eltanin (See Fig. 1). This program was initiated at teh close of the International Geophysical Year. The results of the eighteen months of scientific investigation in Antarctica, in terms of what was discovered and what remained to be studied, together with the nonscientific benefits, including those of a political nature, were sufficiently convincing to continue the research effort. The responsibility for planning, coordinating and financing the scientific portion of this operation was assigned to the National Science Foundation in a Bureau of the Budget directive. In the same paper, the Department of Defense was assigned the responsiblity of providing the logistic support necessary to carry out the program. Starting in 1958 by drawing upon the background experience of a few former IGY personnel, we put together a small staff which has now grown to include 35 people who are concerned with developing and makign grants for the scientific program, coordinating the information activities and the international arrangements, and managing the necessary field activities and logistics.
|NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 12, Number 2
|95 - 100
|Cite this article:
|Jones, Dr. T. O., "U.S.N.S. ELTANIN, THE USARP RESEARCH SHIP", NAVIGATION: Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 12, No. 2, Summer 1965, pp. 95-100.
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