Technical Seminar - The US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
A Webinar from the Nautical Institute’s North West England and North Wales Branch on NOAA 101 - the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, their unique fleet of ships and aircraft, and the people who sail them.
The webinar will present an overview of NOAA’s general organization and related missions. It will focus on the operational aspects of those missions eventually looking more in-depth at the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. It will discuss fleet composition, mission sets and then get into ship specifics, looking at Jonathan’s previous command, NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker where it will focus on Fisheries’ Surveys, Oceanographic Observations and some past experiences with Living Marine Resource Protection. Followed-up of course, by an ample Q&A session.
Our speaker - Cdr Jonathan Heesch
Jonathan is the Executive Officer of the NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology in Washington, DC.
Previously he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of NOAA Ship Reuben Lasker. Responsible for NOAA’s newest, most technologically advanced research ship, he carried out critical fisheries’ surveys along the North American West Coast.
Prior to his Command tour, he filled operational, safety, and training roles to include Deputy DPA, ISM Auditor, Chief of Port Operations, Executive Officer, NOAA Corps Officer Training Center; and multiple underway tours as Executive, Operations, and Navigation Officer.
Prior to NOAA, Cdr Heesch served as an Enlisted US Marine for nine years serving with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
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