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D/V JOIDES Resolution
The D/V JOIDES Resolution began operations in 1978 as the Sedco/BP 471, originally an oil exploration vessel. In January 1985, after being converted for scientific research, the vessel began operations for the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP). Drilling with ODP continued until September 2003. The JOIDES Resolution is operated by Overseas Drilling Limited, which is owned by Transocean.
The vessel is named for Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling (JOIDES) and the HMS Resolution, which explored the Pacific Ocean and the Antarctic region under the command of Captain James Cook over 200 years ago. Like its namesake, the purpose of the current Resolution is to conduct scientific exploration. But this time, those discoveries lie deep beneath the oceans.
The JOIDES Resolution replaced the Glomar Challenger, which conducted operations for the Deep Sea Drilling Project.
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