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Crew and VIP's in front of the ship after the ceremonyNOAA Commissions First Ship Dedicated to Ocean Exploration

NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer, the first federal ship dedicated solely to exploring the ocean, was commissioned August 13.

A former U.S. Navy surveillance vessel, the ship was transferred to NOAA in 2004 and converted to perform ocean exploration. The Okeanos Explorer will use telepresence – satellite and high-speed Internet-based technology – to enable scientists on shore at any of five Exploration Command Centers to participate in and direct real-time exploration while viewing live images and other ocean data. 

Visit NOAA's Ocean Explorer Web site for more information about the ship and its mission. Read the NOAA News story about the commissioning.


NOAA Ship John N. CobbNOAA Decommissions John N. Cobb

On the afternoon of August 13, NOAA decommissioned its oldest and only wooden-hull vessel in its fleet. The John N. Cobb, has been in operation since 1950, first to the Fish and Wildlife Service, before its transfer to NOAA in 1972.

Read more about the ship's history and accomplishments over its long service to the Nation. You can also read the article, The NOAA Ship John N. Cobb Leaves a Rich Legacy, which was published in the summer issue of American Fisheries Society Oncorhynchus. You can also listen to a National Public Radio interview with chief steward Bill Lamoureux, where he shares some of his memories.

New NOAA Corps Recruiting Video

Want to know what it is like working for NOAA as an officer in the NOAA Corps? Watch the NOAA Corps Recruiting video.

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