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November 4, 2011
Pathfinder Hosts 4th Fleet in Mayport
By Kaley Turfitt, Naval Oceanographic Office Public Affairs
Representatives from Command, Naval Meteorology and Oceanographic Command (CNMOC), along with the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) hosted U.S. 4th Fleet on board the USNS Pathfinder (T-AGS 60) in Mayport Nov. 1.
"The purpose of this visit was to get senior 4th Fleet staff onboard to showcase the ship's many capabilities and how they can be put to use in the 4th Fleet area of responsibility," said Deputy Hydrographer of the Navy Capt. Greg Ulses.
Deputy Maritime Operations Center Director Capt. Francis Molinari, along with members of the 4th Fleet staff were welcomed aboard by Ulses and senior NAVOCEANO representative James Duke.
While the visitors were briefed on hydrographic survey launches, bathymetric operations, glider capabilities and the like, Duke's mission was to explain that "there is no higher priority for [NAVOCEANO] than safety of navigation."
At the stern of the ship, visitors were able to view two Remote Environmental Monitoring Unit Systems (REMUS), which are used in the daily operations of the T-AGS 60 ships to survey the littoral battlespace in support of fleet requirements.
"It was a very productive visit that allowed us to open the eyes of many of the 4th Fleet staff who haven't seen what we do," said Ulses. "I think it will allow us to build upon the strong relationship that already exists between CNMOC and 4th Fleet."
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