Status of the Research Fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce

T-RCED-89-29: Published: Apr 27, 1989. Publicly Released: Apr 27, 1989.

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GAO discussed the status of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) research fleet modernization and use of multiyear chartering to obtain ship support. GAO found that: (1) budget restraints have reduced research fleet support, although research assignments have increased; (2) NOAA users generally find allocated research ship time and ships' capabilities inadequate; (3) most users believe that ship and equipment upgrades and additional ships are necessary for future research; and (4) NOAA has not adopted a strategy to meet future fleet support needs.

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