NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson has two, two-way data packet data service which operates between mobile earth stations, and land earth stations.
These two devices are part of the ships Global Maritimr Distress and Safety System (GMSS) and passes maritime safety information to the bridge teams. Information often includes chart, security, and weather updates. Especially during hurricane season, these printers are very busy! The crew onboard hopes that everyone afloat and onshore are taking the necessary precautions throughout hurricane season.
Turn sound on for a throw back to the unique sound of a dot matrix printer! Does anyone know why the lights are red in this space?
[video credit: Lieutenant Michelle Levano]
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson would like to introduce you to, DriX!
DriX is an Uncrewed Surface Vehicle (USV) that is able conduct remote controlled and supervised autonomous operations from NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson. This USV is just over 25 feet long, and fits into one of the ship’s Hydrographic Survey Launch davits. The unit has the same sonar system as the launches, and will be utilized in a similar fashion.
DriX will be underway with the ship for the month of September working outside Cleveland, OH. The uncrewed vehicle will be monitored by multiple shipboard personnel and operated during daylight hours until September 9, 2022. After that, DriX will be operated both day and night in unison with ship survey operations.
Follow along to learn more about DriX and NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson’s mission!
[Video Credit: Lieutenant Michelle Levano, NOAA]
We completed the first set of locks in the Saint Lawrence Seaway on April 24, 2022. Please enjoy a time lapse of the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson going through the Cote St. Catherine Lock!
[Video Credit: Hydrographic Assistant Survey Technician Sarah Thompson, NOAA]
Prior to conducting survey work, NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson completed 5 days of Operational readiness training to ensure that the crew has the skills and knowledge to safely conduct our work. Hope you enjoy this video of transiting the Chesapeake Delaware canal, anchor training, boat launch and recovery, compass adjusting, and retrieving the mail while underway!
Video credit: Lieutenant Michelle Levano, NOAA
Helicopter Evacuation Drills with USCG Elizabeth City Air Station
Here is a first person view from Ensign Mark Meadows serving as deck during helicopter drills.
Thank you so much to USCG Air Station Elizabeth City for the coordination and support!
[Photo Credit: Ensign Mark Meadows, NOAA]
Thomas Jefferson inbound to MOC-A
Our awesome deck department mooring NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson to the pier after an inbound transit last Monday!
Video Credit: ENS Mark Meadows
Sunset on the TJ!
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson is underway for the 2020 Field Season! We are conducting Hydrographic Survey operations off the coast of North Carolina. Here is a quick timelapse from bridge watch last night!
(Video Credit ENS. Mark Meadows)
Thomas Jefferson docking at Marine Operations Center- Atlantic.
NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson, Hydro Survey Launch 2903, and DRiX underway in York River, VA.
Drilling for Emergency Tow of DRiX
NOAA SHIP Thoams Jefferson Change of Command April 12 2019
Approaches to Charleston, SC
Z-Boat ops in Chincoteague, VA