Economy of Newport OR

In August 2011, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration moved its base for research ships from Seattle to Newport. The base has about 110 marine officers and a total of 175 employees. It bases four ships and provides support for up to two itinerant vessels. NOAA already has some personnel at the Hatfield Marine Science Center which support the Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. The ships will join the R/V Oceanus and R/V Elakha which are based at the center