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New NOAA ocean exploration ship to be based in Newport, Rhode Island

Jan 29
ROV Recovery Aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

Remotely operated vehicle Deep Discoverer being brought aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer during a 2016 mission in the Pacific Ocean.

Newport, Rhode Island has been chosen as the future homeport for a new NOAA oceanographic research vessel being built for the agency. Discoverer will be a state-of-the-art ship that operates around the nation and the world to study and explore the ocean. When commissioned, Discoverer will replace the 32-year-old Newport, R.I.-based NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer as the only federal vessel dedicated to ocean exploration. The new ship will join NOAA Ship Henry B. Bigelow, a fisheries survey vessel also based in Newport at a NOAA marine support facility soon to be built at Naval Station Newport. Discoverer will also support the many strong partnerships that NOAA has in Rhode Island and around the nation that promote ocean exploration, research and the development of new technologies. The timeline for Discoverer’s arrival will depend on construction progress on the new ship. The retirement date of Okeanos Explorer will be based on that aging ship’s condition when Discoverer comes online. Learn more at:


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