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Update on NOAA’s Oil Spill Research and Response Missions

Five ships, two aircraft and turtle rescue boats are currently active in the Gulf of Mexico

July 28, 2010

NOAA continues to play a vital role in the Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill response, using all the scientific methods at its disposal, including satellites in space, planes in the air, ships on the water, autonomous underwater vehicles and gliders under the water, and scientists in the field.

There are five NOAA vessels currently operating in the Gulf of Mexico from homeports as far north as New England with missions ranging from seafood safety to detecting submerged oil. This week the NOAA vessels are conducting the following missions:

Two NOAA aircraft operating out of Mobile, Ala., are active in the spill response effort:

Sea Turtle Rescue Boats

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