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February 2014 Issue

25 Years Ago 1989.
LCdr. Evelyn J. Fields, NOAA Corps, was to assume command of a 175-foot NOAA fisheries research vessel. With her appointment, Fields became the first woman officer from any of the U.S. uniformed services to command a U.S. commissioned, ocean-going ship. ... A six-man diving team completed “Igloo ‘88,” a 34-day simulated excursion to 450 meters in Scotland’s research habitat in the National Hyperbaric Centre (Aberdeen). ... ODP crew members recovered more than three-quarters of a mile of sediment and volcanic rock off the northwest margin of Australia. Scientists found evidence that the Indian Ocean is 20 million years younger than previously thought.

15 Years Ago 1999.
U.S. President Bill Clinton pledged to increase defense spending by $12 billion in fiscal year 2000. The proposal was the start of a six-year effort to increase defense spending. ... NOAA officials revealed a requested budget of $2.5 billion for fiscal year 2000, a 13 percent increase of about $290 million over the previous appropriation. The bulk of the funding was earmarked for NOS. ... Dr. Richard Spinrad was named the technical director to the Oceanographer of the Navy, RAdm. Jerry Ellis, to be responsible for the oversight of all naval operational meteorology and oceanography.

10 Years Ago 2004.
The 1,000th Argo float was put into operation in the last days of 2003. The international program had a goal of placing 3,000 Argo floats throughout the world’s oceans by 2006. ... NOAA’s Deep Ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis system detected a small tsunami generated by an earthquake near Adak, Alaska. The project was an effort to maintain and improve the capability for the early detection of tsunamis. ... More than 1,000 guests attended the christening for the Aegis guided missle destroyer Halsey at Northrop Grumman Corp.’s (Falls Church, Virginia) Ship Systems sector. The ship honored a World War I and World War II naval hero.


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