NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson returns to Puerto Rico to support safe navigation
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, a 208-foot hydrographic survey vessel, returned to Puerto Rico in August 2018 to conduct seafloor surveys and observe and possible shoreline changes. The ship also hosted 80 local high school students and gave them an in-depth look at the technology and capabilities of the ship. In 2017, Thomas Jefferson supported the response to Hurricane Maria by conducting underwater and shoreline surveys to identify navigation hazards around Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Teams based aboard the ship also helped repair local tide and weather observation stations.