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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Commissioning

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Uploaded on Aug 20, 2008

The NOAA ship Okeanos Explorer, "America's Ship for Ocean Exploration," is on a course to be the only U.S. ship assigned to systematically explore our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge.

The ship was commissioned in Seattle, WA August 13th, 2008 the ship and crew will undergo field tests off the U.S. West Coast to train operators and test concepts of operations and equipment associated with the ship and its sensors and systems. All this leads to the ship's first full field season of operations in 2009, and a new way of exploring the ocean.

Watch to hear what some distinguished guests had to say, including Deputy Secretary of Commerce, John J. Sullivan, Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr., Dr. Stephen R. Hammond, Dr. Robert D. Ballard, Rear Admiral Jonathan W. Bailey, and first commanding officer of the OKEANOS EXPLORER, Commander Joseph A. Pica.

Please visit source: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos...

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