Mississippi-based Command and Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Office at Stennis Key to U.S. Navy Readiness | Mississippi Politics and Current Affairs

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CNMOC optimizes United States maritime power by applying relevant oceanographic knowledge in support of United States national security.

The Mississippi coast has long been a key part of US national security. Whether it’s Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula or Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi or Coast Guard units stationed along the Gulf of Mexico or NASA’s Stennis Space Center in County Hancock, the strategic role of the Magnolia State in preparing the U.S. military cannot be underestimated. .

One aspect of the Mississippi Coast’s role in national security has often been overlooked.

Based at the John C. Stennis Space Center in southern Mississippi, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography and Command is responsible for providing oceanographic products and services to all elements of the Department of Defence.

Most may not know that Naval Oceanography has been located at Stennis Space Center since the 1970s.

Naval Oceanography has a total of fifteen commands under its company which are controlled by CNMOC from Stennis Space Center. Five of these commands are in Stennis and employ approximately 1,000 sailors and civilians.

This is the official photo of Rear Admiral Ronald J. Piret, Commander of US Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.
Rear Adm. Ron Piret

Another point of interest that most may not realize is that the Commander of Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command at Stennis Space Center, Rear Admiral Ronald J. Piret, is the military officer most Mississippi’s highest ranking officer. Piret is also a navigator, oceanographer and hydrographer for the entire United States Navy.

CNMOC sailors and scientists work in 27 different scientific fields, including unmanned systems, supercomputers and more, all from the Stennis Space Center.

NAVOCEANO, the largest subordinate command within Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, provides warfighters nationwide with the best available knowledge of the maritime battlespace, from data collection to production and deployment. to analyse. This includes bespoke oceanographic, hydrographic, bathymetric, geophysical and acoustic products and services that contribute to safe navigation and efficient mission planning.

“We optimize United States maritime power by applying relevant oceanographic knowledge in support of United States national security,” states the organization’s mission statement.

The organization has three main priorities: developing its employees, maximizing their capabilities and using the latest innovations.

Below is a graph that provides an overview of the activities undertaken by CNMOC staff in 2021.

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