Okeanos Explorer Arrives at Quonset
U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse joined officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) today to mark the homecoming of the Okeanos Explorer, NOAA's newest research vessel. The Okeanos, a deep-sea exploration ship, will be berthed for the next decade on Pier One at the Port of Davisville adjacent to an 8,280-square-foot energy-efficient building that houses the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.
"The arrival of the Okeanos is a good example of the commitment of Sen. Reed and the delegation to Rhode Island that continues to pay dividends for the Quonset Business Park and the Port of Davisville," said Steven J. King, P.E., managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation.
Sen. Reed, a member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce Justice and Science, which oversees funding for NOAA, secured more than $23 million in federal funding to help make the Okeanos the first U.S. government ship dedicated solely to ocean exploration and bring her home to Rhode Island.
The ship is 224 feet in length with a beam of 43 feet and a draft of 15 feet. It can embark a crew of 46, along with those assigned to mission support. Earlier this month, Sen. Reed highlighted the importance of the Okeanos arrival, "This research vessel will provide us with fascinating new information about our oceans and help keep Rhode Island on the cutting edge of ocean exploration and marine research."
Sen. Jack Reed, NOAA Administrator
Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and URI officials welcome
the Okeanos Explorer to its new home at Quonset Point and the Port of Davisville.
"Build and Fight in the Navy Seabees"
As the nation prepares to celebrate this year's Veterans Day (11/11/11), what better time of year than now to visit the Seabee Museum and Memorial Park at the Quonset Business Park? The park and museum was created to honor the more than 325,000 men who served with the Seabees in World War II, fighting and building in more than 400 locations before the war's end. More than 60 skilled trades and nearly 8,000 Civil Engineer Corps officers served alongside the Seabees.
This year, the Seabee Museum & Memorial Park will be holding a New England Regional Recruitment for Volunteers event on Nov. 5, the Saturday prior to Veterans Day. The event will be an opportunity for individuals to learn more about the Seabees and offers an opportunity for individuals and students with an interest in art, carpentry, landscaping, history, and other interests to volunteer their time for the organization. In many cases, the time volunteered can qualify for academic credit or certification requirements that the volunteer is working towards.
At Quonset, we recognize the Seabees as an integral part of the history and formation of our business park and our nation. As the country looks to celebrate this Veterans Day, we hope local residents will continue to support them.
For more information about the event or the museum, call (401) 294-7233 or visit www.seabeesmuseum.com.