NOAA’s work to understand our dynamic planet often involves sending people into the atmosphere and out to sea to conduct important research. From “Hurricane Hunter” aircraft that pilots fly directly into hurricanes to fisheries survey vessels that run quietly to avoid disturbing marine life, the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations maintains and operates a fleet of specialized research vessels and aircraft.
Get to know NOAA’s ships and planes with these virtual trading cards!
This ship has sonar technology that collects images of the seafloor to identify underwater obstructions or shipwrecks.
- Home port: Norfolk, VA.
- Commission date: July 8, 2003.
- Length: 208 feet.
- Areas of operation: Atlantic, Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico.
This ship traveled to Puerto Rico to identify submerged hazards after Hurricane Maria. Learn more about NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson.