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Marine Operations Center - Pacific

NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada tied up to the pier at the NOAA Marine Operations Center Pacific

The NOAA Marine Operations Center - Pacific (MOC-P) in Newport, Oregon serves as the homeport for two NOAA ships on the West Coast and provides logistical, engineering, electronics, maintenance and administrative support to all the ships in NOAA's Pacific fleet. This includes the following NOAA research and survey ships: 

MOC-P is one of three marine operation centers for NOAA’s fleet. The fleet currently includes 15 multi-purpose oceanographic research vessels, fisheries survey vessels, and hydrographic survey vessels. 

The ships in NOAA’s Pacific fleet collect data essential to protecting marine mammals, coral reefs and historic shipwrecks, managing commercial fisheries, understanding climate change, and producing nautical charts that help keep mariners safe. 

NOAA ships also deploy and help maintain buoys that gather oceanographic and weather information and warn of tsunamis. The center and ships are an operational component of NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations, which is staffed by civilians and NOAA Corps officers. The NOAA Corps is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. 

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Contact information

Marine Operations Center - Pacific
2002 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5229
United States