The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration vessel Fairweather sits tied up on Oct. 28 at Juneau's NOAA dock. The Fairweather is one of the most modern survey vessels in the world, having undergone a complete refitting in 2004. The ship is designed and outfitted for conducting coastal hydrographic surveys. The Fairweather primarily operates in Alaska coastal waters and is homeported in Ketchikan.
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