All NOAA ships sail under the General Shipboard Policy. Policy specific to the Ronald H. Brown are detailed below.
Staffing and Chain of Command
Standing Order 9.1: This vessel is commanded by a commissioned officer of the...
The need for a next-generation research vessel in the NOAA fleet, to replace the 60's era vessels Oceanographer, Discoverer, and Researcher (later renamed Malcom Baldrige), was first recognized in the NOAA Fleet...