Free Public Tours of NOAA Ships Rainier and Fairweather
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will host free public tours of NOAA ships Rainier and Fairweather at the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific facility in Newport, Oregon, on March 22, 2018. These two 231-ft. hydrographic survey vessels map the seafloor to update nautical charts. Both are celebrating 50 years of service this year. NOAA Ship Rainier is homeported in Newport, Oregon. NOAA Ship Fairweather, Rainier’s sister ship, is homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska.
Free public tours of NOAA ships Rainier and Fairweather
March 22, 2018, 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific
2002 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5229
Anyone planning to tour the ships must wear flat or low-heel shoes with a closed toe. Visitors should be prepared to walk up and down stairs and gangways. Bags and backpacks will not be permitted at the facility or on board the ships, with the exception of small purses and tote bags. Personal belongings are subject to inspection. Weapons, explosives, alcohol, and illegal drugs are prohibited. Adults must have a valid government-issued ID. Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Public parking available in the City of Newport lot adjacent to the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific facility.
For more information, contact: Lt. Cmdr. Carl Rhodes, 541-867-8703, firstname.lastname@example.org