NOAA Ship Ka’imimoana (Hawaiian for “ocean seeker”) was built by VT Halter Marine, Inc. in Moss Point, Mississippi. Commissioned in April 25, 1996, the ship supported climate studies and deployed, recovered and serviced deep-sea moorings for data-collecting buoys from its Honolulu, Hawaii homeport. Ka'imimoana was originally built as the T-AGOS class U.S. Naval Ship Titan. Titan was operated by the Military Sealift Command until it was transferred to NOAA in 1993, converted to an oceanographic ship, and delivered to NOAA as Ka'imimoana in 1996. The ship was homeported in Honolulu, Hawaii.