NOAA Pacific fleet set for Ore. facility opening

Published:

 

NEWPORT, Ore. (AP) -- The new home for the Pacific fleet of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is officially opening in Newport on the Oregon coast.

NOAA announced nearly two years ago it had chosen Newport over the Seattle area as the base for its Pacific marine operation center.

But the last day of the lease on the Seattle facility did not arrive until Thursday, so Friday will mark the first day at the Newport center.

The new 40,000-square-foot center provides logistical, engineering, maintenance and administrative support for NOAA's Pacific fleet.

A NOAA spokesman says about 20 people are already in Newport, including officers and civilians. A dedication ceremony is set for August 20.

___

Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com