Ship flips vertically to become research station

SAN DIEGO, California - FLIP, FLoating Instrument Platform, is an open ocean research vessel owned by the Office of Naval Research and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

The ship is a 355 foot long vessel designed to partially flood and pitch backward 90 degrees, resulting in only the front 55 feet of the vessel pointing up out of the water.

FLIP is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data.