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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
    Photo: NOAA

    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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A NOAA Diver swims over a shipwreck site

NOAA Diver and maritime archaeologist Matt Lawrence surveys the remains of a shipwreck believed to be the steamship Acorn at Elbow Reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. 


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News

NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler, a hyrdographic survey vessel, gets underway near Norfolk, Va
July 8, 2016

We're hosting our first-ever InstaMeet! Apply now to attend a change-of-command ceremony and tour NOAA Ship Ferdinand R. Hassler on June 21.

Staging a Trawl Net for Deployment from NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson
May 25, 2016

NOAA research vessels use trawling for many of the agency's fisheries surveys every year, providing important data that have helped the U.S. become a model of sustainable fisheries. 

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster's Chief Engineer as Ship Enters Havana, Cuba
May 17, 2016

The Charleston, S.C.-based ship is the first U.S. Government vessel to visit Cuba since diplomatic relations were restored.

A NOAA WP-3D Orion aircraft on a snowy ramp in Greenland
May 13, 2016

"Miss Piggy" may be used to flying into hurricanes, but she is still in her element as she supports a NASA ice study in the Arctic.

NOAA's Gulfstream IV-SP jet on the ramp
May 6, 2016

Public and media are invited to tour NOAA and U.S. Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter aircraft May 16-20 at stops in Texas, Lousiana, Alabama, and Florida.

Documents

OMAO

Vessel Charter Requirements Flowchart

OMAO

Inspection booklet for Class III, & SRV. 

OMAO

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

OMAO

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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