Apr 24, 2010

Major Roman P. Vitkovitsky, communications officer with the command element of 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, asks Petty Officer 2nd Class Maria J. Perez, an aerographer’s mate with Meteorological and Oceanographic (METOC) section, Strike Group Oceanography Team (SGOT), Norfolk, Va., questions about a deployable weather data transmission system connected to a weather balloon aboard USS Kearsarge near the coast of North Carolina, April 24, 2010. During an Amphibious Squadron (PHIBRON)/ Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration (PMINT) training exercise, METOC sailors deployed multiple weather balloons. The system sends information to a receiver located on the ship. The data received is used by METOC sailors and 26th MEU weather forecasters for real-time weather forecasting and analysis. 26th MEU is embarked aboard USS Kearsarge, USS Carter Hall, and USS New York for PMINT.

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