Marine Operations Center, OAR, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Data Center Description
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
operates a wide assortment of hydrographic survey, oceanographic
research, and fisheries research vessels. These vessels are
operated by NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations. Ships located
in the Pacific are managed by the Marine Operations Center,
Pacific, (MOP) in Seattle, Washington. Ships located in the
Atlantic are managed by the Marine Operations Center, Atlantic,
(MOA) in Norfolk, Virginia. Logistic support for the vessels is
provided by the appropriate marine operations center or, for
vessels in Woods Hole, Charleston, Pascagoula, San Diego, and
Honolulu, by Port Captains located in those ports.

The ships are run by a combination of NOAA Commissioned Officers
and wage marine civilians. The wage marine personnel include
licensed masters, mates and engineers, and unlicensed members of
the engine, steward, and deck departments. In addition, survey
and electronic technicians operate and/or maintain the ship's
mission, communication and navigation equipment. The ship's
officers and crew provide mission support and assistance to
embarked scientists from various NOAA laboratories as well as
the academic community.


[Summary provided by NOAA]