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NOAA SHIP WHITING JOINS THE RUDE IN SEARCH FOR KENNEDY PLANE
July 18, 1999 The NOAA
Ship Whiting has joined the NOAA
Ship Rude (pronounced roo-dee) in the search for the plane
believed to be that of John F. Kennedy, Jr. The two NOAA ships
are aiding the U.S. Coast Guard in the recovery efforts.
The NOAA ships are hydrographic
vessels that use sophisticated scanning technology to chart
and map the ocean floor. Their home port is NOAA's
Atlantic Marine Center in Norfolk, Va. Rear
Admiral Nicholas Prahl is the director of both the Atlantic
and Pacific Marine
The Rude helped to locate the wreckage
of TWA flight 800 in July 1996.
Corps Commander Sam De Bow is the hydrographer on scene where
search activities are being conducted.
LOCATES WRECKAGE ON OCEAN FLOOR AFTER TWA FLIGHT 800 DISASTER
NOAA'S OFFICE OF
The nation's official chartmaker.
U.S. COAST GUARD
Office of NOAA Corps
Since NOAAs beginning,
a large percentage of its oceanographic, atmospheric, hydrographic,
fisheries and coastal data has been collected on NOAA
ships and aircraft. This fleet of platforms is managed and
operated by the Office of NOAA Corps Operations, an office made
up of civilians and officers of the NOAA
Commissioned Corps (a uniformed service of the United States).
In addition to research and monitoring activities critical to
NOAAs mission, NOAA ships
and aircraft provide immediate response capabilities for unpredictable
events, such as recovery and search efforts after the TWA Flight
800 crash, damage assessment after major oil spills such as the
Exxon Valdez, Persian Gulf War and New Carissa, and several major
hurricanes during the 1998 season.
Rear Admiral Evelyn
Fields is the director of the NOAA Corps.
Media should contact the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs command
center in Boston, Mass., at (617) 223-8515. The NOAA spokesmen
are Chris Smith, Robert Chartuk and Greg Hernandez. They can
be reached at that number or through NOAA public affairs in Washington,
DC, at (202) 482-6090.