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  • NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada Underway
    Photo: Steve de Blois / NOAA

    Sailing for Science

    Learn how NOAA's fleet of research and survey ships support science, resource management and safe navigation

  • NOAA Aircraft on the Ramp at AOC Oct 2013
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    Eyes in the Sky

    Learn how NOAA aircraft support hurricane and flood forecasts, marine life studies, coastal mapping and emergency response

  • NOAA Marine archaeologist Hans Van Tilburg examines the remains of shipwreck Dunnottar Castle
    Photo: Robert Schwemmer / NOAA

    Diving Deeper

    Learn about the NOAA Diving Program, which trains, certifies, and equips personnel to safely support underwater missions

OMAO administers the NOAA fleet of ships & aircraft and trains divers to safely facilitate Earth observation.

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Hurricane Matthew as Seen from NOAA WP-3D Orion

Hurricane Matthew as seen from NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N43RF on Oct. 5, 2016.

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NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF in its new livery in October 2016
October 18, 2016

A tried-and-true NOAA Lockheed WP-3D "hurricane hunter" has received upgrades that make it even more robust and capable.

NOAA68 Surveys the Aftermath of Hurricane Matthew
October 11, 2016

As Hurricane Matthew moved along Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, NOAA aviation and marine assets worked around-the-clock to support storm forecasts and response efforts.

NOAA G-IV Aircraft Studying Hurricane Matthew
October 5, 2016

The NOAA Hurricane Hunters and NASA Global Hawk are flying hurricane survey missions today to gather vital data on Hurricane Matthew.

NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
September 30, 2016

NOAA Ship Hi'ialakai has just returned to port from a 33-day mission to the French Frigate Shoals, the largest atoll in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

Dr. Frank Marks, Director of the Hurricane Research Division, and NOAA Corps Lockheed WP-3D Orion pilot, Cmdr. Justin Kibbey fro
September 27, 2016

On Sept. 22, scientist Frank Marks and hurricane hunter pilot Cmdr. Justin Kibbey from NOAA's Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory answered questions about hurricane hunting.



Vessel Charter Requirements Flowchart


Inspection booklet for Class III, & SRV. 


NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA scientists study the skies and the oceans.


The Small Boat Standards & Procedures Manual provides policy and guidance to enhance safety and promote operational readiness for small boats owned or operated by NOAA.

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