McArthur II was acquired from the U.S. Navy in 2002 and was converted by NOAA from a T-AGOS surveillance vessel to a multiple-disciplinary platform capable of a broad range of missions. As was it's predecessor, McArthur, McArthur II is named after William Pope McArthur. The vessel is operated by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. (OMAO), and is home ported at NOAA's Marine Operations Center - Pacific (MOP), in Newport, Oregon.
The ship conducts oceanographic research and assessments, throughout the eastern Pacific, including the U.S. West Coast, Central and South America. McArthur II is involved in studies in several of the National Marine Sanctuaries on the west coast of the United States. The 224-foot ship engages in measurements of chemical, meteorological, and biological sampling for several large scale programs within NOAA.
McArthur II carries a complement of 5 officers, 17 crew members and up to 15 scientists. The scientists who carry out research aboard McArthur II come from many divisions of NOAA, as well as other Federal and state government agencies, and academia.
- On May 20, 2003, in a special ceremony that combined two naval traditions, NOAA decomissioned McArthur and commissioned its replacement McArthur II. The ceremony was held at the Marine Operations Center, Pacific on the pier between the two ships. See pictures from the ceremony.
- Pictures from the McArthur II departure on maiden cruise from Seattle on June 1, 2003.
- Picture from the McArthur II's Change of Command on August 7th, 2005 – Outgoing McArthur II CO LCDR Dan Morris turns command of the ship over to civilian Captain Greg Hubner.
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McArthur II's E-mail address is: OPS.McArthur@noaa.govMcArthur II's Mail address is:
NOAA Ship McArthur IIMcArthur II's Telephone Numbers
2002 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365-5229