As first reported on Tuesday by The Maritime Executive, the Ronald H. Brown has returned to her home port of Charleston, South Carolina after being deployed for 1,347 days. This was longer than any other NOAA research vessel has been away from home.
The Ronald H. Brown traveled 130,000 miles over the last 3 and a half years, "Working from ocean to ocean and from pole to pole..." said Rear Adm. David A. Score, "...the ship and her crew have expanded our understanding of some of the nature's most powerful forces."
Some of the tasks completed include:
- Deployed over 80 weather buoys
- Studied the heavy winter storms off of the U.S. West coast, known as "atmospheric rivers"
- Observed the El Niño event in 2015-2016
- Surveyed nearly 360,000 sq miles of seafloor
- Took over 1,600 water measurements
Everyone was happy to be home... for now. The Ronald H. Brown is scheduled to leave again in April for a series of ocean climate studies.
Below is a AIS screenshot of the Ronald H. Brown's last year at sea, captured from our PortVision 360 Enterprise account: