The NOAA Ship CHAPMAN was decommissioned on June 2, 1998, in Pascagoula, Mississippi. She has since been given to the University of Puerto Rico. For further information about the life of the CHAPMAN and the decommissioning ceremony (including photograhps), click here.
The CHAPMAN has been replaced by the NOAA Ship GORDON GUNTER.
The NOAA Ship CHAPMAN conducted fishery and marine resource research supporting the research of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pascagoula Laboratory in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The ship collected fish and crustacean specimens using trawls and benthic longlines and fish larvae and eggs, and plankton using plankton nets and surface and midwater larval nets. The CHAPMAN normally operated in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. The vessel was operated by the Office of Marine and Aviation Operations.
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