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NOAA ship is first federal vessel to visit Cuba since restored diplomatic relations

May 17, 2016
U.S. Charge d'Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis, U.S. Embassy personnel, and crew members from NOAA Ship Nancy Foster pause for a photo May 9, 2016, with the ship during its visit to Havana, Cuba.

NOAA Ship Nancy Foster, an oceanographic research vessel, made a port call in Havana, Cuba, May 8-10, prior to starting this year's portion of an ongoing study on the role ocean currents play in the distribution of fish larvae in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. NOAA welcomed U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Jeffrey DeLaurentis and other U.S. Embassy staff aboard the ship during the visit. The Nancy Foster is the first U.S. government ship to visit Cuba since reestablishment of diplomatic relations. Learn more about the research project.

NOAA Chief Engineer Tim Olsen aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster looks toward Old Havana as the ship pulls into Cuba on May 8, 2016 for the first time.
NOAA Chief Engineer Tim Olsen aboard NOAA Ship Nancy Foster looks toward Old Havana as the ship pulls into port in Cuba on May 8, 2016, for the first time. (David Hall/NOAA)