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Supporting below-the-surface science

It’s hard to do marine science without going underwater at some point. Missions like the 2023 Rainier Integrates Charting, Hydrography, And Reef Demographics (RICHARD) mission aboard NOAA Ship Rainier are an example of how the NOAA Diving Program supports our shipboard science.

A diver under the water holding a notebook and ruler to measure coral

NOAA ship crew successfully fights fire at sea

Those who spend much of their time at sea know there are many perilous situations that can happen. Bad weather, mechanical problems, and injuries are challenging and all can contribute to larger problems.

NOAA Ship Rainier at the dock in Pago Pago, American Samoa

NOAA cuts ribbon on renovated Ketchikan, Alaska, port facility

Federal, tribal, state and local officials joined NOAA leadership on Aug. 21 to cut the ribbon on the agency’s newly renovated port facility in Ketchikan, Alaska. The celebration was held to dedicate the facility and recognize the important partnerships in the area. The facility will provide vessel support for NOAA research ships.

A long line of special guests, including NOAA Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad (5th from the left), participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the NOAA-renovated port facility in Ketchikan, Alaska, on August 21, 2023.