The Oceanographic Ship (R/V) Sarmiento de Gamboa is a multidisciplinary research vessel of global non-polar scope. Its instrumentation and laboratories allow it to study global ocean circulation, marine biodiversity, fishery resources and climate change; It is also used to perform geology, marine geophysics, hydrography, physical and chemical oceanography, marine biology, resource estimation (fisheries), ocean monitoring with remotely operated vehicles (ROVs, AUVs, submarines, etc.), and deployment of underwater observatories (OBSEA, GEOSTAR)
The research carried out in it is fundamentally directed and financed by the National R + D + i Plan.
It also has the most advanced technologies in terms of navigation systems (for example, dynamic positioning) and is the first Spanish oceanographic vessel that can work with ROV's (Remote Operated Vehicle) at high depths and with AUV's (Autonomous Underwater Vehicle).
The Sarmiento de Gamboa R/V belongs to the CSIC and is based in Vigo where it was launched in 2006. The Marine Technology Unit (UTM) of the CSIC is responsible for the management of the ship as well as the maintenance of the scientific equipment and provides the technical personnel for the realization of oceanographic campaigns.