McArthur II (top), NOAA photo
NOAA Ships at South Beach (middle)
McArthur II (bottom) Brad Taylor photos
There are now FIVE large NOAA research vessels tied up at NOAA’s Marine Operations Center-Pacific docks at South Beach. The McArthur II pulled in today and tied up at the west end of the docks, behind the other four which include the Rainier, Fairweather, Bell M. Shimada, and Oscar Dyson. The McArthur II is a converted U.S. Navy surveillance ship that was re-outfitted in 2002 for NOAA purposes, transforming it into an inter-disciplinary, multi-platform reseach vessel.