The Bell M. Shimada

The Newport 60+ Activity Center is offering the chance to tour a NOAA ship this Monday, March 18.

The NOAA Marine Operations Center-Pacific serves as a home port for two NOAA ships, the Rainier and the Bell M. Shimada, and provides administrative, engineering, maintenance and logistical support to NOAA’s Pacific fleet.

The ships in NOAA’s Pacific fleet collect data essential to protecting marine mammals, coral reefs and historic shipwrecks, managing commercial marine fish stocks, understanding climate processes and producing nautical charts that help keep mariners safe. NOAA ships also deploy and help maintain buoys that gather oceanographic and weather information and warn of tsunamis.

The Newport facility also houses the Marine Operations directorate, which oversees the Pacific, Pacific-Islands and Atlantic marine centers and all NOAA ship operations.

Monday’s tour will depart at 9:30 am from the Newport 60+ Activity Center, with participants carpooling to the NOAA facility.

For more information, or to sign up for the tour, stop by the center at 20 SE 2nd Street or call 541-265-9617.

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