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Platform Acquisition Program

image showing stages of ship construction

Pictured above - the main stages of ship construction - top, from left -
the first steel is cut, the 'keel' is engraved, construction, and launch.
After final acceptance and outfitting, the ship arrives at its home port for commissioning.

Fisheries Survey Vessels

Small Water-Plane-Area Twin Hull (SWATH) Coastal Mapping Vessel

USNS Capable Conversion to Okeanos Explorer, Undersea Research Vessel

The Platform Acquisition Program, a mission support program in the Fleet Services Sub-Goal, develops the requirements, acquisition strategies, funding profiles, contractual instruments and preliminary arrangements necessary to design, construct / modernize, equip, and deliver the ships and ship systems required to safely meet NOAA's at-sea data collection requirements.

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NOAA, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
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Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282

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