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NOAA Ship Nancy Foster makes historic visit to Cuba

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

Chief Engineer Tim Olsen aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster looks toward Old Havana as the ship pulls into Cuba on May 8, 2016 for the first time.

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, an oceanographic research vessel, made a port call in Havana, Cuba, May 8-10 prior to starting this year's portion of an ongoing study on the role ocean currents play in the distribution of fish larvae in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. NOAA welcomed U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis and other U.S. Embassy staff aboard the ship during the visit. NOAA Ship Nancy Foster is the first U.S. Government ship to visit Cuba since reestablishment of diplomatic relations. To learn more about the current research mission, visit

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