Deepwater Surveys of World War II Combat Aircraft

From February 24-March 11, 2022, a team of researchers will explore the waters off Tinian and Saipan in the Northern Mariana Islands to locate and document U.S. warplanes lost during World War II. Tinian and Saipan served as major air bases during the final year of World War II, with B-29 bombers flying long-range missions to Japan. Many aircraft were…

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Siemens Energy to Provide Emission Reductions on New NOAA Ships

Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors, LLC awarded Siemens Energy a contract to supply power, propulsion, and control systems along with Siemens Energy’s battery storage technology for two research vessels. The new ships, named the Oceanographer and Discoverer, are being acquired by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and will support various missions, including general oceanographic research and exploration, climate and ocean…

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Wreck of USRC Bear Located 90 Miles South of Cape Sable, Nova Scotia

For nearly two decades, a team of researchers from NOAA, U.S. Coast Guard and partnering academic institutions had been on a complex quest to solve the mystery of the storied U.S. Revenue Cutter (USRC) Bear’s final resting place. Today at a press event in Boston, Rear Adm. Nancy Hann, on behalf of NOAA and the U.S. Coast Guard, announced that the underwater wreck of the Bear,…

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Atlantic Hurricane Season Shows No Signs of Slowing

August 4, 2021 – The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is well underway, and atmospheric and oceanic conditions remain conducive for an above-average hurricane season, according to the annual mid-season update issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. The latest outlook reflects that the number of expected named storms (winds of 39 mph or greater)…

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June 2021 was the 5th warmest June on record for the globe

June 2021 placed as fifth-warmest June in the 142-year global climate record. The year-to-date (through June) average global temperature ranked eighth highest on record, according to scientists at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information. Here’s a closer look into NOAA’s latest monthly global climate report: Climate by the numbers June 2021 The average global surface (land and ocean) temperature in…

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RV Sally Ride Discovers Massive DDT Dump off Los Angeles

April 26, 2021 – An expedition led by UC San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography mapped more than 36,000 acres of seafloor between Santa Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast in a region previously found to contain high levels of the toxic chemical DDT in sediments and the ecosystem. The survey on Research Vessel (R/V) Sally Ride identified an…

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Recent Tests Advance Drone Use for Laser Target Firing

November 24, 2020 – Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) researchers recently took an idea to use drones to test and evaluate ships’ new laser weapons a step further by successfully launching and landing one from a moving ship. From a few miles off the Port Hueneme coast, NSWC PHD Research and Technology Applications Manager Alan Jaeger…

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Vestdavit wins long-term service agreement with NOAA

October 16, 2020 – Leading boat launch and recovery systems supplier Vestdavit has secured a far-reaching frame agreement to provide service, support and spares for the variety of marine davits it has supplied to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA operates a fleet of research and survey vessels that conduct a wide variety of missions, including oceanographic research,…

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NOAA improves marine navigation near Georgia and New Hampshire naval bases

September 10, 2020 – Two new Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems, also known as PORTSⓇ, are improving maritime safety near Kings Bay, Georgia, and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, near two U.S. Navy installations. NOAA and the U.S. Navy partnered to install the first new PORTS in two years, the 34th and 35th in the nationwide network. The system near Naval Submarine Base…

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