The U.S. NavyÂ has established a new task force to assess the status of the military branch’s ocean science programs that encompassÂ oceanographic infrastructure, technical workforce, technologies and theirÂ applications to naval operations.
Navy oceanographer Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet and Rear Adm. David Hahn, chief of naval research, and will co-leadÂ an executive steering committee for Task Force Ocean, which will compriseÂ senior leaders from the U.S. Fleet Force, Naval Academy, Naval Post Graduate School and the Pacific Fleet, the service branchÂ said Friday.
TheÂ group’sÂ executive steering committee willÂ create a five-year roadmap intended to guideÂ ocean science efforts that supportÂ the branch’sÂ goals.
“Through the implementation of the roadmap, our priority is to reinvigorate and reconstitute our technical workforce,” said Gallaudet.
“We’ll be looking at everything from oceanographic survey ships, unmanned vehicles, ocean and acoustic modelling, and how we apply our products to recruiting, educating, developing and retaining our workforce,” he added.
The roadmap will focus on programsÂ toÂ monitor the ocean environment, process collected data and strengthenÂ the ocean science technical workforce at the Navy.