NOAA, Office of Marine and Aviation Operations
As part of NOAA, OMAO"s research and survey ships comprise the largest fleet of federal research ships in the nation. Composed of civilians and officers of the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, OMAO also manages the NOAA Diving Program, NOAA Small Boat Program and NOAA Aviation Safety Program. OMAO’s aircraft operate throughout the world providing a wide range of capabilities including hurricane reconnaissance and research, marine mammal and fisheries assessment, and coastal mapping. The Office of Coast Survey (OCS) manages the NOAA nautical charting program. OCS is responsible for surveying and charting U.S. and territorial waters to the limits of the Exclusive Economic Zone, an area of about 3.4 million square nautical miles.