NOAA Ship Miller Freeman was a 215-foot fisheries and oceanographic research vessel and was one of the largest research trawlers in the United States. Miller Freeman's primary mission was to provide a working platform for the study of the ocean's living resources.
The ship was named for Miller Freeman (1875-1955), a publisher who was actively involved in the international management of fish harvests. The ship was launched in 1967, but not fully rigged until 1975. The vessel was again re-rigged in 1982. Miller Freeman was homeported at the Marine Operations Center-Pacific in Newport, Oregon. With a 12,578 nautical mile, 31-day endurance, Miller Freeman was capable of operating in any waters of the world.
Miller Freeman carried a complement of 7 NOAA Corps officers, 27 crew members, and maximum of 11 scientists.