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Naval Oceanographic Office


 Naval Oceanographic Office



NAVOWelcome to the Naval Oceanographic Office




The Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO),  the largest subordinate command within the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, is responsible for providing oceanographic products and services to all elements of the Department of Defense. NAVOCEANO is located at John C. Stennis Space Center in south Mississippi.

From data collection through production and analysis, NAVOCEANO provides the warfighter the best available knowledge of the maritime battlespace. This includes tailored oceanographic, hydrographic, bathymetric, geophysical and acoustic products and services that aid in safe navigation and effective mission planning.

As you browse our pages please keep in mind the command’s mission, vision and goals, as we do each day while working to serve our country and, just as importantly, our community.




We optimize America’s sea power by applying relevant oceanographic knowledge in support of United States National Security.


We will assure the Navy’s oceanographic knowledge superiority and reduce risk by providing the forecast battlespace through smart collection, focused analysis, and responsive delivery.



     Foster a culture that maximizes efficiency and effectiveness through collaboration, communication, teamwork, and continuous process improvement.

     Unity of Effort

Seek and exploit opportunities to maximize the impact of oceanographic knowledge on national security objectives.

     Professional Excellence

Achieve a culture of professional excellence by developing an agile workforce that is encouraged to pursue opportunities that directly impact our support to national security.


Identify and collaborate with key national and international partners to more effectively meet our customers’ requirements.



NAVOCEANO oversees two subordinate commands: Fleet Survey Team (FST) at Stennis Space Center, Miss., and Naval Ice Center (NAVICE) in Suitland, Md.

FST is a rapid-response military team with capabilities to conduct quick-turnaround hydrographic surveys anywhere in the world. Data are collected and processed by the team on scene in order to provide timely products to the warfighter.

As part of the National Ice Center, NAVICE works with the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to provide worldwide operational ice analyses for the armed forces of the United States and allied nations and U.S. government agencies.



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