Survey ship to map Gulf of Mexico seabed

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NOAA ship Thomas Jefferson, one of the most technologically advanced hydrographic survey vessels in the world, will depart its Norfolk, Va. home port April 6 to conduct a five-month long effort to map the seafloor and look for hazards to navigation off the Gulf Coast.

"The Gulf of Mexico has been affected by a number of large hurricanes in recent years, and our work will pinpoint the resulting hazards and shoals in these busy waters," said Cmdr. Shepard Smith, Thomas Jefferson's commanding officer.

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