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Naval Oceanographic Office



NAVOCEANO uses a variety of platforms, including ships, aircraft, satellite sensors and buoys to collect oceanographic and hydrographic data from the world’s oceans. These data are then analyzed and utilized in products that support the warfighter.

NAVOCEANO currently has technical control of six multipurpose oceanographic survey ships, the USNS Bowditch, Bruce C. Heezen, Henson, Pathfinder, Mary Sears and Sumner.

All are operated by the Military Sealift Command. These ships conduct hydrographic, acoustic, oceanographic, bathymetric and gravity survey operations and are considered the ultimate answer to data collection for littoral warfare support.