Rear Adm. Okon Speaks at the American Meteorological Society Conference


Story Number: NNS200115-03Release Date: 1/15/2020 10:52:00 AM
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From Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command Public Affairs

STENNIS SPACE CENTER, Miss. (NNS) -- On Jan. 13, Rear Adm. John Okon, commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, spoke at the American Meteorological Society Conference at the Boston Convention Center, where he discussed Naval Oceanography’s mission and capabilities, and the importance of building strong partnerships.

Meeting with AMS brings together the entire community of production center leaders and weather providers. “We can maintain an alignment and cohesion supporting the national weather enterprise. We need to continue to leverage our intellectual capital with our partners to ensure we are making the right decisions for our Navy, our citizens and people all over the world,” said Read Adm. Okon.

Naval Meteorology and Oceanography is a unique weather and environmental prediction capability provider. With more than 1,600 sailors and civilians supporting six major commands worldwide, supplying oceanographic, meteorology, precise time and astrometry to U.S. Navy and DoD users around the globe.

“We have prediction capabilities that are constantly improving, with upgrades to our global atmosphere and ocean, waves, and aerosol, and regional and tropical capabilities that are world class.”

“This year, Naval Oceanography expanded capability worldwide with products that highlight areas where targeted observations make the most sense and gives METOC professionals a tactical advantage. We will continue to use this fused analysis to focus our resources where we could make the most impact on our forecasts,” said Rear Adm. Okon.

Naval Oceanography has approximately 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 guarantee the U.S. Navy’s freedom of action in the physical battlespace from the depths of the ocean to the stars.

 

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