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Meet the Crew: Sean Battles, Chief Engineer

NOAA's professional mariners play a key role in NOAA's scientific research by directly participating in the operation and handling of scientific gear in the tumultuous ocean environment. Meet Sean Battles, chief engineer on NOAA Ship Fairweather.

Sean Battles in a small boat in front of Mount Fairweather

Meet the Crew: Tasha Camel, General Vessel Assistant

Tasha Camel is a General Vessel Assistant/Ordinary Seaman in the Deck Department on NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. She spends her work time caring for and maintaining the ship, operating deck machinery, and deploying scientific instruments.

A crew member standing on the deck of a NOAA ship

Supporting below-the-surface science

It’s hard to do marine science without going underwater at some point. Missions like the 2023 Rainier Integrates Charting, Hydrography, And Reef Demographics (RICHARD) mission aboard NOAA Ship Rainier are an example of how the NOAA Diving Program supports our shipboard science.

A diver under the water holding a notebook and ruler to measure coral