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NOAA SHIP WHITING TO
JOIN EGYPTAIR FLIGHT 990 SEARCH
November 1, 1999 The NOAA
Ship Whiting was requested by the U.S. Coast Guard to join
the search efforts for EgyptAir Flight 990 off Nantucket Island.
The Whiting will replenish its supplies of food and water and
will refuel in Newport, Rhode Island, before joining the other
search vessels on Tuesday. The NOAA ship will use its side-scan
sonar to try to locate the downed aircraft.
The NOAA ship is a hydrographic
vessel that uses sophisticated scanning technology to chart
and map the ocean floor. Its 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
FOCUSED MULTI-BEAM SIDE SCAN SONAR
OFFICE OF COAST SURVEY
The nation's official chartmaker.
NOAA LOCATES WRECKAGE ON OCEAN FLOOR
AFTER TWA FLIGHT 800 DISASTER
Office of NOAA Corps
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 Greg
Hernandez, NOAA public affairs, in Washington, DC, at (202)
482-3091 or the main number at (202) 482-6090. Media can also
contact the U.S. Coast Guard public affairs command center in
Newport, Rhode Island, at (401) 841-9541, -9542, or -9580.