NNOA: Many backgrounds, one mission

Many backgrounds, one mission

The diversity offered by each and every service member, and how that diversity contributes to mission success was the topic of discussion at this week’s annual National Naval Officers Association, or NNOA, conference in Point Loma, California. The conference brought together members of the Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, Merchant Marines and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to support the NNOA’s mission of providing professional development for the diverse officer corps within these sea-going services.


Petty Officer 2nd Class John Thompson, a boatswain's mate aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Sequoia, and Dr. Joe Haxel, a research assistant with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, prepare special floats used to deploy a hydrophone in Challenger Deep near the Federated States of Micronesia, Jan. 11, 2015. The crew of the Sequoia and NOAA scientists deployed the hydrophone in an attempt to listen to ambient sound in the deepest part of the Challenger Deep. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle.

Listening to the deep

We know more about the surface of the Moon and Mars than we do about the ocean’s seafloor. With water encompassing 63.78 million square miles, the oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, with the world’s largest body of water, the Pacific Ocean, covering roughly one third. The Pacific also boasts the deepest trenches, specifically Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench near the Federated States of Micronesia. Given Challenger Deep’s inhospitable environment, no one has attempted to extensively record ambient sound at its full depth. That is, until now.


Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, deputy commandant for operations, and NOAA Vice Adm. Michael Devany, deputy under secretary for operations, sign the Fleet Plan Agreement letter of promulgation. Photo provided by NOAA.

Coast Guard, NOAA sign Fleet Plan Agreement

“The Fleet Plan and Officer Exchange MOU build on the long history of cooperation between NOAA and the Coast Guard. Our shared responsibilities in serving the American people’s interests in the maritime domain are fortified by our even closer relationship,” said Coast Guard Vice Adm. Charles Michel, deputy commandant for operations.


R1KU, an endangered Hawaiian monk seal. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

The transport of R1KU

Safeguarding marine mammals falls under the Coast Guard’s living marine resources mission, one of the service’s 11 statutory missions. The nation’s waterways and their ecosystems are vital to the country’s economy and health. This includes ensuring the country’s marine protected species are provided the protection necessary to help their populations recover to healthy, sustainable levels.


Adm. Papp on Arctic trip

Adm. Papp continues Arctic outreach

Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Bob Papp spent last week in Alaska, underscoring the importance of establishing and maintaining a range of Arctic partnerships. “We cannot do this alone,” said the Commandant. “It requires a collaborative network of domestic and international partners, drawing upon their cumulative authorities, capabilities and experience.”


Sandy

Brace for another active hurricane season

It may feel like Superstorm Sandy happened just yesterday, but this weekend already marks the first day of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasts we’re in for an above-average season, which means there is an extremely high probability of at least one major hurricane making landfall in the Gulf Coast and East Coast.


USCGC Shearwater small boat

Striper finders not always keepers

The pre-dawn January morning was chilled with a light breeze while wisps of fog clung to the distant skylines of Portsmouth and Norfolk. The crew of Shearwater was underway for Operation Striper Swiper, a federal and state initiative to preserve the striped bass population in federal waters — three nautical miles out from the shore and beyond to 200 nautical miles.


Whale breaching

Safeguarding the humpback whale

  Written by 14th Coast Guard District public affairs. The Coast Guard is a key protector of our nation’s critical marine habitats and the endangered species dependent on them. These ocean resources are particularly important to those in the 14th […]


Hurricane

Hurricane season is almost here… Are you ready?

While the Atlantic hurricane season doesn’t officially start until June 1, scientists at the Climate Prediction Center are predicting moderate chances for a tropical depression or a storm to form in the Caribbean during the next two weeks. The chances […]


Top 10 Videos 2011

2011 Video of the Year: Day 4

Our fourth video finalist showcases Coast Guard members releasing eight Kemp’s Ridley and two Loggerhead turtles in conjunction with members of the Moody Garden’s Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration July 14.


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