PIFSC Facilities

Updated 4/25/2016

NOAA Inouye Regional Center

The NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC) is a 35-acre parcel on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor which combines new facilities with the historic preservation of four buildings culminating into a campus which is environmentally sustainable, state of the art, and Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Gold Certified. The IRC, which will house 15 NOAA Offices with more than 700 staff and most of the NOAA assets in Hawaiʻi, includes: exhibits, library, cafeteria, auditorium, classroom, dive center, training rooms, conference and meeting rooms, laboratories, necropsy rooms, media room, logistics warehouse, seawater facility, marine animal facility, port facility, and piers for both large and small vessels.

U.S. Navy photo of the IRC by Denise Emsley, NAVFAC Hawaii Public Affairs/Released.
U.S. Navy photo of the IRC by Denise Emsley, NAVFAC Hawaii Public Affairs/Released.

Ford Island Facility for NOAA Ships

The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette and Hiʻialakai berthed at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor
NOAA Ships Oscar Elton Sette and Hiʻialakai berthed at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor.

The NOAA Ship Oscar Elton Sette, the Center's primary research vessel, is berthed at Ford Island in Pearl Harbor at the site of the NOAA Inouye Regional Center, along with other NOAA ships, including the Hiʻialakai and Kaʻimimoana. The Sette and Hiʻialakai support most of the Center's fisheries and oceanographic research, ecological surveys, and other field activities in the central and western Pacific Ocean.