Monthly Archives: December 2016

In Port

Following two successful shakedown cruises, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is in port in Honolulu, Hawaii. Operations will get underway again in January. For information on our plans for 2017, visit: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/2017-overview/welcome.html.

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Mapping System Shakedown

The second “shakedown” cruise to prep for 2017 expeditions is underway. Between now and December 16, the team will conduct multibeam, split-beam, and/or ADCP sonar mapping operations 24 hours a day and sub-bottom profile mapping periodically, all for testing purposes. Calibration … Continue reading

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In Port

The Okeanos Explorer is in port for the next couple days to change out mission teams. Once the mapping team has arrived we will commence EX1609 to shakedown our sonar systems.

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ROV’s on Deck

After a great day exploring the wrecks of two Japanese mini subs that were lost 75 years ago during the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Okeanos Explorer is headed to port to conclude our cruise.

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Exploring the 3-piece mini sub

The Okeanos Explorer is currently exploring a Japanese mini submarine that disappeared on the morning of December 7, 1941. It was discovered in shallow waters in 1951, raised by the U.S. Navy, and taken out to sea to be dumped … Continue reading

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Recovering the ROV and moving to a second wreck

We are recovering the ROV and transiting to the site of a second Japanese submarine. We will redeploy the ROV at between 11:00 and 11:30 HST (4:00 and 4:30 pm EST).

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Live dive on historic Japanese mini submarines near Pearl Harbor

On the morning of December 7, 1941, U.S. naval vessels and aircraft on patrol outside Pearl Harbor spotted a partially submerged submarine trying to enter the harbor. Ninety minutes before Pearl Harbor was bombed by air, the destroyer USS Ward … Continue reading

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Descending

The ROV is currently on its way to the seafloor. We are experiencing some problems with the internet video feed it will be restored shortly. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/nov16/noaa-to-dive-on-japanese-mini-subs-near-pearl-harbor.html

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Preparing to Dive

The Okeanos Explorer is just outside of the entrance to Pearl Harbor preparing to dive on a Japaneses mini sub that was sunk 75 years ago today in the assault on Pearl Harbor. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/nov16/noaa-to-dive-on-japanese-mini-subs-near-pearl-harbor.html

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Mapping

We are mapping for the night. Early on December 7th we will be conducting a dive on two of the Japaneses mini submarine that were sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor. http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/nov16/noaa-to-dive-on-japanese-mini-subs-near-pearl-harbor.html

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