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|About||NOAA Ship Nancy Foster is a federal oceanographic research vessel homeported in Charleston, SC.|
NOAA Ship Nancy Foster (R-352) supports applied research primarily for NOAA's National Ocean Service (NOS), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and National Weather Service (NWS). Operations include characterizing habitats and fauna in our nation's National Marine Sanctuaries and coastal waters, bathymetric surveys, physical and chemical oceanography studies, maritime heritage surveys, and pollution assessments.
The vessel employs state-of-the-art navigation, propulsion, and mission systems resulting in high-quality and efficient data collection with cutting edge technology including high-resolution multibeam sonars, split beam sonars, and a vast array of oceanographic and atmospheric sensors.
Additional capabilities include water and sediment sampling, net towing, sub-bottom profiling, diving with air and NITROX, AUV and ROV support with dynamic positioning, small boat operations, and buoy servicing.
The ship was originally built as a United States Navy yard torpedo test (YTT) craft. In 2001, she was transferred the vessel to NOAA and outfitted for oceanographic research. The ship is named after the late Dr. Nancy Foster, in tribute to her outstanding contributions in advancing NOAA’s mission through her leadership within the National Marine Fisheries Service and National Ocean Service from 1986 until 2000.
Homeported in Charleston, SC, NOAA Ship Nancy Foster's area of operations includes the eastern seaboard, Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea.