NOAA
Office of Coast Survey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce


October 24, 2018

Hello Coast Survey,

Our response effort following Hurricane Michael came to a close last week. Our navigation response teams (NRT) trailered their vessels and traveled to their home ports, our navigation manager helped close the Maritime Transportation System Recovery Unit (MITRSU), and our augmenting personnel returned to their respective homes. I am proud to say we have another emergency hydrographic response effort under our belt. I would like to thank everyone involved, particularly those in the field:

  • Western Gulf Coast navigation manager Tim Osborn
  • NRT1 - Alex Ligon, Joshua Bergeron, and Dan Jacobs (augmenting from NRT4)
  • NRT2 - James Kirkpatrick, Howie Meyers (ERT), and Lt. j.g. Michelle Levano (augmenting from NRT3)
  • Additional augmenting personnel - Lt. j.g. Patrick Debroisse, Tim Wilkinson, Julia Wallace (ERT)

I am always amazed by our teams’ adaptability and resourcefulness during these response efforts. With communication infrastructure down following the storm, the teams were still able to deliver our hydrographic survey data to the MITSRU, allowing them to make critical decisions regarding navigation safety.

Job well done!

Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Rear Admiral Shepard M. Smith
Director, Office of Coast Survey