Southwest Section - Tour of Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility and FLIP

When:  May 20, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (PT)
Associated with  Southwest Section
FLIP, the FLoating Instrument Platform, is not a ship, but a 355-foot-long research platform that can be deployed for oceanographic research. Designed by scientists at Scripps's Marine Physical Laboratory, FLIP is operated by Scripps Oceanography for the U.S. Navy.

Normally docked with Scripps’s fleet in San Diego Bay, FLIP can be towed to out to sea in its horizontal position and then “flipped” 90 degrees so that 300 feet of its length are under water. This turns FLIP into a “spar buoy,” a tall, thin, weighty structure designed to be uniquely stable and resistant to wave motion.

FLIP was built in 1962 to help study long-range sound propagation for submarine warfare, but the platform has since supported research in geophysics, meteorology, physical oceanography, and other scientific fields. Its unique appearance and method of deployment have also made it a worldwide curiosity and the subject of many documentaries.

Speaker Name & Bio
Bruce Appelgate, Associate Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography

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Please Note
Going aboard FLIP requires walking on gangways, uneven surfaces, and there can be some motion even when at the pier. Visitors will need to be able to walk aboard under those conditions, and will involve going up and down very steep stairs.

Closed toe, closed heel shoes are required (sneakers or good walking shoes).

Please see the external link for parking instructions at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility.

Everyone will need to show a photo ID to enter the facility. TWIC, CAC, or drivers license are all OK.


Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility
297 Rosecrans St
San Diego, CA 92106
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Nicholas Ratinaud
(248) 421-5826