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General: New US navy oceanography center established

Posted on 02.11.2007 - 12:00 EDT in GENERAL NEWS by Rons_ROV_Links

The Navy established the Naval Oceanography Mine Warfare Center (NOMWC), Oct. 26, at Stennis Space Center (SSC) with Cmdr. Paul Oosterling as its first commanding officer.

Oosterling, accepting his first command, thanked his family, friends and colleagues for their support. He said the new command is blessed with great, talented people.

"We are going to be successful because we have great people," he said. NOMWC has 28 people at SSC and another 10 deployed around the world.

Rear Adm. John Waickwicz, commander of the Naval Mine and Anti-Submarine Warfare Command, was the guest speaker.

Oosterling is a native of Ontario, N.Y., and a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the Naval War College. He was the executive officer of the Naval Oceanography Operations Command before he was named NOMWC Commanding Officer.

NOMWC provides ongoing support for the Navy's mine warfare forces to neutralize threats and to allow for assured access of maritime assets. It also provides the Navy's mine warfare operators with access to products and services of the Naval Oceanographic Office, also located at SSC. Establishment of the center comes after a three-year revitalization of the Navy's operational oceanography program.

The center reports to the Naval Oceanography Operations Command, a subordinate of the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, both located at SSC.

The Naval Oceanography Operations Command, established in 2005, is focused on operational support to the Navy's warfighting and support disciplines - anti-submarine warfare; special warfare; mine warfare; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; and fleet operations (strike and expeditionary); navigation; precise time and astrometry; maritime and aviation. It is headed by Capt. Robert E. Kiser.

The Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command directs the Navy's meteorology and oceanography programs and includes about 3,000 officer, enlisted and civilian personnel worldwide.

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