RV FLIP or Floating Instrument Platform is an open vessel for ocean study. It is a possession of Office of Naval Research and is run by Scripps Institution of Oceanography‘s Marine Physical Laboratory.
The ship is a vessel which is 355 ft or 208 m, formed to flood halfway and turn to the rear at 90°. This leads to just the front 55 ft or 17 m of the vessel indicating upwards, outside the water; the bulkheads turn into decks.
When the platform is flipped, a lot of the balance is supplied by water deep beneath the impact of surface waves. Therefore, FLIP is a steady platform mainly averse to wave activity, similar to a spar buoy.