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Mission: Define and apply the physical environment, from the bottom of the ocean to the stars, to ensure that the U.S. Navy has the freedom of action to deter aggression, maintain freedom of the seas and win wars. 

Vision: The Department of Defense's authoritative source for characterization, and applying data, of the physical battlespace into winning decisions. 

Naval Oceanography Quick Facts:

  • Founded in 1830 by naval officer Lt. Matthew Maury
  • 2500 Personnel (1300 military officers/enlisted and 1200 civil service and contractors)
  • Personnel stationed at over 60 locations and deployed to every ocean around the world.
  • Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command is also the Oceanographer, Hydrographer, and Navigator of the Navy and Naval Deputy to NOAA
  • Naval Oceanography has 14 subordinate commands that work in various scientific fields from the ocean floor to the stars


Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command | 1100 Balch Blvd. | Stennis Space Center, Mississippi 39529

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