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Contact: Jeanne Kouhestani
Rude Surveyed New York Harbor to Ensure Nautical Safety for INR and OpSail Events
"We are proud to have Rude represent NOAA in this important military event," said D. James Baker, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. "As one of our survey ships that map the ocean floor for the nation's nautical charts produced by NOAA's National Ocean Service, Rude's work is closely related to the safety of military ships and all other vessels in eastern U.S. coastal waters. Rude's sonar survey work in this harbor, in fact, has helped ensure the safety of all ships participating in the International Naval Review and OpSail 2000."
"We are glad that Rude has the opportunity to be part of the International Naval Review on behalf of NOAA and the NOAA Commissioned Corps," said Rear Admiral Evelyn Fields, director of the NOAA Corps and Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. "This is particularly appropriate as Rude has worked closely with the Navy and Coast Guard in the past to locate the downed aircraft of TWA Flight 800 and John F. Kennedy Jr., and help bring closure to those national tragedies."
Last fall Rude conducted a full bottom coverage survey of the Hudson River south of the George Washington Bridge to 55th Street, and found the wrecks of six vessels in the waters of the lower Hudson River. The survey was conducted at the request of the New York Harbor Safety, Navigation and Operations Committee and the U.S. Navy for the safety of ships transiting and anchoring in the river, including the vessels participating in the International Naval Review and concurrent OpSail 2000 event. These high-resolution surveys have been used to update the nautical charts of the area, which were based on surveys from 1939. The surveys were also included in an operational chart for the International Naval Review ships and a commemorative OpSail 2000 chart that will be distributed to all participating ship captains.
The 90-ft. Rude used three types of sonarvertical, side-scan and multi-beamnot only to locate and determine the shallowest depths, but also to identify objects or formations on the river floor by producing picture-like images. This is the same technology that was used to find the wreckage of the TWA and Kennedy aircraft, enabling Navy divers to perform their recovery operations.
home ported in Norfolk, Va., and commanded by Lt. Cmdr. James
Verlaque, NOAA Corps, is operated and managed by the Office of
Marine and Aviation Operations. OMAO is composed of civilians
and officers of the NOAA Commissioned Corps, the nation's seventh
service. Rude conducts hydrographic surveys for NOAA's
National Ocean Service, the organization responsible for producing
the nation's nautical