Naval Oceanography


Fleet Numerical ___________________________________________________________________ Leadership 

Commanding Officer


Captain John A. Okon, a native of Syracuse, NY, graduated from the State University of New York Maritime College at Fort Schuyler with a Bachelor of Science in meteorology and oceanography, a U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Marine Third Mate License, and was commissioned an Ensign in May 1991.

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Executive Officer


Commander Joe Martin is a native of Gig Harbor, Wash. He enlisted in the Navy in April 1987. Upon graduation from Nuclear Power School, he applied for and was awarded a NROTC scholarship. CDR Martin was commissioned in August 1992 from University of Washington. (Click photo for full bio)








Technical Director

Mr. Rich Woodford received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics (Astrophysics concentration) from the University of Missouri – St. Louis and his Master’s Degree in Meteorology (concentration in Tropical) from St. Louis University.  He has taken several post-graduate Meteorology courses from St. Louis University and advanced to candidacy in the PhD (Climatology) Program at the University of New Mexico.

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