HEAR THIS! NOW HEAR THIS!
The ship will be getting underway. All hands make preparations for
sea. Start the engines! Cast off the lines!
Let's get underway for
the adventure of a lifetime!
NOAA's marine scientists and surveyors of today as they study and
survey the oceans of the World. At any given time on any given day,
there are NOAA ships making oceanographic observations, studying and
protecting marine mammals, conducting fisheries stock assessments,
surveying our harbors and waterways, servicing oceanographic buoys,
or conducting any of a myriad of tasks and operations that help us
better understand, protect, and wisely use the ocean and its resources.
NOAA's vessels range from the 274-foot RONALD H. BROWN to small
skiffs used for inshore work in a variety of settings. Over the years,
NOAA ships have worked in all oceans, circum-navigated the Earth,
and operated north of the Arctic Circle and south of the Antarctic
Circle. They have visited every continent. They have worked in virtually
all climates: from frigid polar regions to torrid equatorial regions
and experienced all climatic conditions in between. Also visit the
ships and boats of yesteryear, as NOAA's maritime heritage extends
back to the early Nineteenth Century.
NOAA ship travels have included: the RONALD H. BROWN completing
an around the world cruise this past year; the McARTHUR sailing the
length of the West Coast and then throughout the eastern tropical
Pacific; the FERREL working in coastal waters ranging from
New England to the central Gulf of Mexico; the MILLER FREEMAN
traversing areas from the Aleutian Islands to San Francisco while
conducting fisheries studies; and the KA'IMIMOANA cruising
the seas of the equatorial Pacific helping monitor El Nino/La Nina
events. On the charting side, NOAA vessels worked from Maine to Texas
as well as in U. S. Caribbean islands in the Atlantic and in all U.S.
states and territories bordering the Pacific Ocean.
with NOAA on these trips in our coastal waters, from polar seas to
equatorial waters, and back in time with the ships of our past. Join
NOAA as it sails for science and does its part to better understand
and protect the World's oceans.