Today our access to the Ioffe is broaden as we learn a little about it's history and everyday operation. Our tour begins at the point around which the ship was built.
However, at one time it operated as a research lab with a sophisticated sonar system.
The ship was even equipped with metal sails to avoid engine noise while sonar research was in progress.
Standing in the room we can hear the surging ocean waves through a six foot hole that extends to the open seas a few decks below us.