Meteorology, Oceanography press conference

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii -- Capt. Ty Aldinger, Fleet Oceanographer, Pacific Fleet, Capt. Tim McGee, Commanding Officer of the Naval Oceanographic Office, and technical experts (Dr. Michael Carron, Mr. Rick Myrick, and Lt. Junior Grade Ken Ingram) representing the Navy will provide media an operational overview of meteorological and oceanographic support to the Ehime Maru recovery at 1 p.m., Aug.17. Following the brief, the Captains and experts will lead tours of the USNS Sumner (T-AGS 61), a multi-purpose oceanographic survey ship operated by Military Sealift Command for U.S. Navy.

Sumner has provided on-scene support to the Ehime Maru recovery operation completing a bathymetric survey, deploying current meters and TABS (Texas Automated Buoy System) buoys, collecting ocean sediment samples, and conductivity/temperature/depth measurements. During the movement phase of the recovery Sumner will accompany Rockwater 2 to the Shallow Water Recovery Site, providing real time current information.

This event is intended to familiarize the media with how oceanographic and bathymetric data was collected and used in the environmental assessment and recovery planning as well as how real time meteorological and oceanographic support will be used during the operation.

Tour of Sumner will be broken into two groups one for print media and the other for broadcast. Meteorology and oceanography experts will lead each group and be available to answer specific questions regarding support activities.

Space on board Sumner is limited, so interested media must contact the Pacific Fleet Public Affairs Office at (808) 471-3769 no later than 4 p.m., Aug. 15.

SUMNER will be moored at Aloha Tower Pier 9.

Rundown of Schedule:

Aug. 16 (Thursday)
4 p.m.                 Deadline to register for brief and tour

Aug. 17 (Friday)
12:30 p.m.          Press should arrive Pier 9 Aloha Tower
1 p.m.                 Meteorology and Oceanography brief begins
1:30 p.m.            USNS SUMNER tour begins
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