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  • NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada Underway
    Photo: Steve de Blois / NOAA

    The NOAA Ship Fleet

    Learn how NOAA research and survey ships support safe navigation, commerce, and resource management

  • NOAA Aircraft at the NOAA Aircraft Operations Center
    Photo: David Hall

    The NOAA Aircraft Fleet

    Learn how NOAA aircraft support hurricane and flood forecasts, coastal mapping, and emergency response

  • NOAA Marine archaeologist Hans Van Tilburg examines the remains of shipwreck Dunnottar Castle
    Photo: Robert Schwemmer / NOAA

    Diving Deeper

    Learn about the NOAA Diving Program, which trains, certifies, and equips personnel to safely support underwater missions

OMAO administers the NOAA fleet of ships & aircraft and trains divers to safely facilitate Earth observation.

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NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF Flight Deck During 24 Aug 2017 Hurricane Harvey Flight

NOAA Lockheed WP-3D Orion N42RF flight deck as seen during a flight into Hurricane Harvey on Aug. 24, 2017.


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News

Pilots in cockpit of NOAA's Gulfstream IV
October 1, 2021

Groundbreaking new program will help NOAA build its capacity to conduct science in the sky in service to the nation.

Lt. Cmdr. Copare at the controls of NOAA WP-3D Orion N43RF Miss Piggy in the eye of Category 4 Hurricane Ida August 29, 2021
September 3, 2021

NOAA's hurricane hunter and emergency response aircraft provided data critical to storm forecasting and recovery efforts.

Ceremony participants with shovels during NOAA Ketchikan Port Facility groundbreaking event
August 31, 2021
Federal, state and local officials joined NOAA on Aug. 31, 2021, at a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of a project to revitalize the agency’s port facility in Ketchikan, Alaska. NOAA awarded an $18.7 million contract in April 2021 to Alaska-based Ahtna Infrastructure & Technologies, LLC to make major improvements to the facility. The project includes the construction of a new office building, floating pier and access bridge, and updated power and water utility systems for...
An autonomous surface vehicle is launched in the Port of Gulfport, Miss.
February 4, 2021

NOAA and the University of Southern Mississippi are teaming up on ways to improve how uncrewed systems are used to collect important ocean observation data.

ROV Recovery Aboard NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer
January 29, 2021

When completed, Discoverer will shed new light on unexplored areas of the ocean.

Documents

OMAO 57-19-06

Use this form to request the acquisition of a vessel to be used by NOAA, regulated under the NOAA Standards and Procedures Manual. May be new construction or an existing vessel from another agency.

OMAO 57-19-04

VOCs complete an SBO/Crewmember Authorization Letter for each person operating or crewing any small boat(s) within that Line Office Program.

NOAA 57-11-53

PURPOSE: This form collects information about flight activities of NOAA programs which are not paid for by NOAA.

OMAO

Ronald H. Brown specifications sheet.

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