U.S. Navy Task Force Ocean

Task Force Ocean was established in March 2017 to advance Navy-relevant ocean science through strengthened partnerships with academia and the private sector.

The Task Force is directed by Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. David Hahn, and the executive steering committee is co-chaired by Oceanographer of the Navy Rear Adm. John Okon. It includes leadership from U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Pacific Fleet, U.S. Naval Academy, Naval Postgraduate School, Undersea Warfighting Development Center, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and the U.S Coast Guard.

Near Term Efforts

Restart ONR’s Tactical Oceanography Symposia. These events will address large operational and scientific challenges for the Navy and discuss ways our academic and operational partners can assist with targeted research efforts.

  • First symposium, "Oceanography, Big Data, and Opportunities in Naval Warfare," was held October 17-19 in San Diego and co-hosted by the Navy's Undersea Warfare Development Command.

Enhance ONR’s Scientists to Sea program. This program offers research partners an opportunity to experience first-hand how sailors use tactical oceanographic information. These opportunities will include:

  • Submarines
  • Submarine training facilities
  • Anti-submarine warfare (ASW) watch floors
  • Naval Oceanography Operational Centers
  • Undersea Warfighting Development Centers

Fund targeted research. Fund targeted research via:

  • University grants (Grad students and Post-Docs)
  • Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)/Small Business Technology Transfer programs

Issue Navy Grand Challenges.Issue Navy Grand Challenges for specific naval challenges.

Desired Outcomes

  • Advance Navy-relevant ocean science in the U.S.
  • Energize partnerships between the Navy, academia and the private sector
  • Grow the Navy’s ocean science talent pool

Completed Focus Area Workshops

  • Enhanced sensing and observations of the ocean environment
  • Enhanced understanding and prediction of the ocean environment
  • Naval application of ocean data and prediction
  • Maintenance of human capital

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