Celebrating 44 Years of Service by the NOAA Ship Delaware II

June 15, 2012

Current and former officers and crew, scientists, family and friends will gather June 15 in Woods Hole to celebrate the NOAA Ship Delaware II’s 44 years of service to fisheries science, living marine resources and environmental research.

The 155 ft vessel, operated by NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center and based at the Center’s Woods Hole Laboratory, began service in 1968 and completed its last cruise in May.

It is expected to depart later this summer for NOAA’s Marine Operations Center, Atlantic fleet facility in Norfolk, Virginia to await further disposition.

Long-serving chief scientist Jerome Prezioso, who has sailed on many of the vessel’s research missions, will preside at the celebration, to be held in the nearby Marine Biological Laboratory’s Swope Center. Prezioso, a fishery biologist at the Center’s Narragansett Laboratory in Rhode Island, has made numerous cruises each year on the ship for the Ecosystem Monitoring program and for a predecessor program, the Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment and Prediction (MARMAP) program. Ship tours will be available following the remarks and presentations.

Remarks will made by Rear Admiral Michael Devaney, Director of NOAA’s Marine and Aviation Operations Centers, and Russell Brown, Deputy Director of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Director of the Woods Hole Laboratory. Commanding Officer of the Delaware II, Lt. Cmdr. Richard Hester Jr. of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, will also share some thoughts about his most recent command, which he assumed in July 2011.

To learn more about the Delaware II and its predecessor vessel, check out the related links to the right, or visit the NEFSC’s main webpage to learn about many of its research cruises, including the most recent North Atlantic Right Whale survey.