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September 2013 Issue

25 Years Ago 1988.
Representing diverse interests within the maritime community, the National Maritime Alliance was formed in Washington, D.C. Its stated mission dedicated the organization "to raising the level of awareness among the people of the United States of their maritime heritage and the critical part it must play in the quality of life in the nation's future." ... United States President Ronald Reagan signed on August 23 the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988, revising U.S. trade law to help continue economic growth. ... Legislation was passed that would end all ocean dumping by 1991. An agreement would establish a schedule for cities to find alternate means of disposal.

15 Years Ago 1998.
GOES-10, a geostationary weather satellite, reached its operating location overlooking the West Coast of the United States into the Pacific Ocean. It was launched on April 27, 1997. ... At an Ocean Circulation and Climate Conference in Canada, more than 360 scientists from all over the world linked changes in the ocean to changes in the atmosphere. The researchers were part of the World Ocean Circulation Experiment. ... A P-3C Orion flew to the North Pole to test the navigational accuracy of its replacement inertial navigation at high latitudes.

10 Years Ago 2003.
The U.S. Navy decided to use S-band rather than L-band technology for the volume search radar that will be on the next-generation destroyer, DD(X). This higher-frequency radar was to improve the ability of the destroyer to attack aircraft and missiles. ... Joint Oceanographic Institutions, a consortium of 18 universities and research institutions, announced that it will enter into negotiations with the National Science Foundation to operate a drillship. ... The National Center for Atmospheric Research signed an agreement with six government agencies to develop a weather modeling system for research and forecasting that was to be available through the centerís website.


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