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Another example of a patch from Fairweather. My first sea assignment was aboard Fairweather now named S-220. She turns 50 this March.

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Not a patch, but still related. Here is an officer's cap. I do not own this one, I saw it a few years back in an antique store. I did not buy it though. Mistake on my part!

 

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Another example of a patch from Fairweather. My first sea assignment was aboard Fairweather now named S-220. She turns 50 this March.

 

That's a really nice Fairweather patch Patty, thanks for posting it.

 

 

NAVY/NOAA JOINT ICE CENTER http://www.natice.noaa.gov/Main_Organization.htm

 

History of the National/Naval Ice Center
The close association between NOAA and the U. S. Navy began in 1956 with the collocation of the National Weather Bureau and U.S. Fleet Weather Central, Suitland in Federal Building #4 at the Suitland Federal Complex. One result of this move was close cooperation between the Navy and Department of Commerce to maximize productivity and efficient use of resources without duplicating effort. Later development of weather satellites and the resultant impact of satellite imagery in meteorology and oceanography led to the formation of NESDIS.

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NOAA HURRICANE HUNTER "MISS PIGGY" - N43RF Lockheed Orion, artwork by Jim Henson from my collection (there's also a "Kermit" and a "Gonzo" but I'm still seeking those for my collection)

 

NOAA Aircraft Operations Center (AOC) N43RF "Aero-Nautical... ... But Nice!" Photo: Miss Piggy in her maintenance hangar

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The first NOAA all female aircrew Hurricane Hunters wearing the latest (2015) version of the Hurricane Hunter patch in August 2018 tracking the Hawaiian hurricanes (note the Hula dancer on the dashboard)


Lieutenant Commander Rebecca Waddington (left) and Captain Kristie Twining (right) prepare to hunt some hurricanes.

Photo: Courtesy of NOAA

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NOAA HURRICANE HUNTERS

 

Capt. Michael Silah, who now runs the NOAA Air Operations Center at MacDill Air Force Base, was a pilot for the center, helping fly a tracking plane into Hurricane Ivan, when this photo was taken in 2004. [skip O'Rourke | Times (2004)

 

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NOAAS MOUNT MITCHELL (S 222) was an American survey vessel in commission in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1970 to 1995.

She is the sister ship of NOAAS FAIRWEATHER (S 220) and NOAAS RAINIER (S 221), which are both still in service with NOAA. Prior to her NOAA career, she was in commission in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey as USC&GS Mount Mitchell (MSS 22) from 1968 to 1970. In 2003, she returned to service as the private research ship R/V Mt. Mitchell.

 

Reposted with large Arc patch

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NOAAS MOUNT MITCHELL (S 222) was an American survey vessel in commission in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration from 1970 to 1995.

She is the sister ship of NOAAS FAIRWEATHER (S 220) and NOAAS RAINIER (S 221), which are both still in service with NOAA. Prior to her NOAA career, she was in commission in the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey as USC&GS Mount Mitchell (MSS 22) from 1968 to 1970. In 2003, she returned to service as the private research ship R/V Mt. Mitchell.

 

INTERGOVERNMENTAL OCEANOGRAPHIC COMMISSION

Post-Persian Gulf War cruise February to June 1992 - Resurveying the Persian Gulf waterways and monitoring the damage to the waters and aquatic life affected by the detonation of the iraqi oil fields by Saddams forces.

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NOAAS RAINIER (S 221) Originally built by the USC&GS as a medium survey ship RAINIER (MSS 21) commissioned in 1968. Sister ship to the FAIRWEATHER and MOUNT MITCHELL, she was transferred to NOAA in 1970.

 

OFFICE of MARINE & AVIATION OPERATIONS - RAINIER (S 221) https://www.omao.noaa.gov/learn/marine-operations/ships/rainier

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NOAA Divers with the NOAAS RAINIER (S 221) 2013

 

The NOAA Diving Program is administered by the US Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and is headquartered at the NOAA Diving Center in Seattle, WA. The NOAA Diving Program trains and certifies scientists, engineers and technicians to perform the variety of tasks carried out underwater to support NOAA’s mission. With more than 500 divers, NOAA has the largest complement of divers of any civilian federal agency.

 

Topside

 

Graduates from the Working Diver class include - ENS Rosemary Abbitt, NOAA Ship Rainier; ENS Karen Poremba, Cameron Carter, NOS/FOB; ENS David Wang, OMAO/CPC; ENS Felicia Drummond, OMAO/MOCP; ENS Benjamin VanDine, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson; ENS Abigail Kernan-Schloss, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson; ENS Laura Dwyer, NOAA Ship Oregon II; ENS Hollis Johnson, NOAA Ship Pisces; ENS Jessica Senzer, NOAA Ship Ronald H Brown; Scott Stich, Snohomish County Sheriff's Dept; Alex Helphrey, City of Everett PD, Daniel Dusevoir, Snohomish County Sheriffs Dept; Michael Hillstrom, NOAA Ship Ferdinand Hassler.

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NOAA and USPHS Divers, 2013

 

Graduates from the Divermaster class include - LT Charlene Felkey, NMS of American Samoa; Dennis Montgomery, Snohomish County Sheriffs Dept; Douglas Jones, BOEM; William Hoffman, BOEM; Allix Slagle, NOAA Ship Rainier; ENS Sean Luis, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer; LT Rachel Kotkowski, OAR/AMOL; ENS Elizabeth Chase, NOAA Ship Oscar Dyson; Max Sudnovsky, NMFS/Pacific Island Fisheries Science Center.

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NOAA Diving Program Newsletter http://topside-ndp.blogspot.com/

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NOAAS DISCOVERER (R 102), formerly USC&GS Discoverer (OSS 02) In service 1967 to 1996

Photo: 1996 Hobart, Australia

 

NOAAS DISCOVERER (R-102) Her homeport was Seattle Washington from 1985 to 1996, she was scrapped in 2010

 

6" x 4" jacket/coverall patch

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NOAA WORKHORSE - TWIN OTTER - Low, Slow, and Good to Go

 

OFFICE of MARINE & AVIATION OPERATIONS, De Havilland DHC-6-300 Twin Otter - NOAA Link with photos, drawings and specs

 

NOAA’s Twin Otters are among the agency's most versatile aircraft. Known for their reliability, short takeoff and landing capabilities, payload capacity and excellent external visibility, they are a perfect asset to support NOAA science in even the harshest environments.
With an endurance of 4-6 hours at survey speeds, the Twin Otter is more than capable of covering over 600+ nautical miles of low altitude survey in a given flight at max fuel loads. These aircraft remain very busy year round supporting airborne marine mammal, hydrological, remote sensing, air chemistry and emergency response programs. Normal crew size is two pilots with a cabin capable of seating six people with smaller science equipment installed. Known for its stability at slower speeds, the Twin Otter is capable of surveying between 90-140 knots over the ground, making it ideal for missions that require a slower aircraft for data collection.

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THIS STRING IS MOST EXCELLENT!!!!

 

I saw a NOAA P-3 Orion in action while stationed in Alaska.

 

One thing though. There are eight uniformed services of the United States. Don't forget the U.S. Maritime Service, better known as the Merchant Marine.

 

Also, it's important to note that in WW II, there were U.S. Coast & Geodetic Survey ships that supported the D-Day landing as well as all the island hoping in the Pacific.

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USC&GS RESEARCHER (OSS-03) Reflagged to NOAA on 8 October 1970
Researcher was built in 1968 as an "ocean survey ship" (OSS) for the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey by the American Shipbuilding Company at Toledo, Ohio. The Coast and Geodetic Survey commissioned her in 1970 as USC&GS Researcher (OSS 03). When the Coast and Geodetic Survey and other United States Government agencies merged to form NOAA on 3 October 1970, Researcher became a part of the NOAA fleet as NOAAS Researcher (R 103).
In 1987, Researcher was renamed NOAAS Malcolm Baldrige (R 103). She was decommissioned in 1996

 

 

 

 

USC&GS RESEARCHER (OSS-03) Reflagged to NOAA on 8 October 1970

 

Untrimmed patch

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