BUCHAREST, Romania (NNS) -- Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (COMNAVMETOCCOM) Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet met with Romanian Chief of Naval Operations Vice Adm. Alexandru Mirsu, May 3, at Romanian Navy Headquarters in Bucharest to discuss meteorology, oceanography and hydrography collaborations.
"The Black Sea is a very challenging body of water," said Adm. Gallaudet, who also serves as oceanographer of the Navy. "We've partnered with Romania in the past, and it would be great to broaden our oceanographic knowledge of the area."
A bi-lateral hydrographic survey was conducted with the Romanian Navy, from August to October 2015, to update safety of navigation products in the waters surrounding Constanta, Romania. A team of eight civilian and military hydrographers, coxswains and electronics technicians from Fleet Survey Team at Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, worked with 10 hydrographers from the Romanian Navy Maritime Hydrographic Directorate (RNDHM).
During his visit to the country, Gallaudet delivered hydrographic products to Capt. Nicholae Vatu, head of the RNDHM, resulting from the survey.
He also met with Dr. Eleana Mateescu, director of Romanian National Meteorological Administration (RNMA), to discuss possible future collaborations between COMNAVMETOCCOM and RNMA.
"It is essential that decision-makers and societies be prepared to act appropriately in response to weather forecasts and warnings," said Mateescu. "Through accurate weather forecasts and warnings, the government and people can be protected against severe environmental risks."
COMNAVMETOCCOM directs and oversees more than 2,500 globally-distributed military and civilian personnel who collect, process and exploit environmental information to assist fleet and joint commanders in all warfare areas to make better decisions faster than the adversary.
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