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November 2016 Issue

25 Years Ago 1991. A pair of colorful coral reefs, some 12 mi. apart and 120 mi. off the Texas coast, was designated by NOAA as the country’s 10th National Marine Sanctuary. ... Reynolds Metals donated the historic Aluminaut to the Marine Science Museum in Richmond, Virginia. Its two most outstanding feats included recovery of a lost hydrogen bomb off Palomares, Spain, in 1966 and recovering the sunken Alvin submersible off Cape Cod in 1969. ... Four tide gauges installed in the Caribbean helped complete NOAA’s sea level monitoring network.


15 Years Ago 2001. A group of former defense secretaries signed a letter to Congress calling for a round of base closures. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called for another round of closures beginning in 2003. The letter underscored the need for more base closures. ... The Kursk, a Russian nuclear-powered submarine that sank August 12, 2000, was raised from its seabed. It had to be raised due to the potential danger to the environment from its nuclear reactors. ... The Commission on Ocean Policy named Adm. James D. Watkins, U.S. Navy (retired) chairman of the commission. The 16-member commission was undertaking an 18-month investigation of ocean-related issues to make recommendations to the president and Congress.


10 Years Ago 2006. The U.S. Navy established the Naval Oceanography Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Center at Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. ... The Advertising Council announced—in partnership with the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, NOAA, Environmental Defense and The Walt Disney Studios’ Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment Division—the launch of a multimedia public service advertising campaign designed to encourage all Americans to protect the oceans from the devastation of marine debris. ... The National Data Buoy Center reached a historic milestone when the numbers of observing platforms reached 500.


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