Media invited to tour NOAA ships in Newport, Oregon

March 19, 2018
NOAA Ship Rainier.

Reporters are invited to tour the NOAA ships Rainier and Fairweather at the NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific on March 21, in Newport, Oregon, and speak with their commanding officers, in advance of public tours on March 22.

The two 231-foot hydrographic survey vessels, both celebrating 50 years of service this year, map the seafloor to update nautical charts. NOAA Ship Rainier is homeported in Newport, Oregon, and NOAA Ship Fairweather, Rainier’s sister ship, is homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Ship tours for media

Wed., Mar. 21, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT

NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific
2002 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365-5229

Cmdr. Benjamin Evans, commanding officer, NOAA Ship Rainier
Cmdr. Mark Van Waes, commanding officer, NOAA Ship Fairweather

Please RSVP to Kristen Crossett by 12 noon  PDT Tue., March 20. Anyone planning to tour the ships must wear flat or low-heel shoes with a closed toe and be prepared to walk up and down stairs and gangways.


Media contact
Kristen Crossett, 301-325-2113 (cell)