FLIP Marine Science and Acoustic Ocean Research Vessel
FLIP - Floating Instrument Platform. At 355 feet in length FLIP is a unique research platform designed to drift offshore in coastal waters. FLIP is towed floating horizontally to a research site. Then ballast tanks in the stern are flooded.
As the stern sinks the bow flips to its vertical orientation. It can be left to drift with the wind and currents for long periods of time.
FLIP is owned by the office of Naval Research and operated by Scripps Institute of Oceanography.