“NOAA Ship Ka’imimoana is a Commissioned Ship of the United States under the Department of Commerce. The ship is crewed by active duty NOAA Corps officers (smallest of the 7 uniformed services) who make up the command group, staffed with civilian mariners (many of whom are retired or prior service Navy and Army), and receive a complement of civilian scientist who conduct research and serve as technicians on the buoy data systems. We service, recover, and deploy the nation’s Tropical Atmospheric and Oceanic buoy array, Tsunami buoy array, and deep ocean current sensors in conjunction with the National Data Buoy Center out of Stennis Space Center and Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratories under NOAA’s National Weather Service and Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) programs respectively. Our sailing schedule is routinely between 220-280 days at sea per year, and our operational area covers between 8*N – 8*S latitude and 95*W – 180*W longitude.”
Thank you Nathan for sending these in.