On July 27, the R/V Roger Revelle departed Newport, OR to begin VISIONS’17, a 32-day mission to replace and maintain elements of the Cabled Array off the coasts of Oregon and Washington. Led by Chief Scientist Deb Kelley, this is the third Operations and Maintenance cruise for the Cabled Array implementing organization, as part of the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Ocean Observatories Initiative.
The cruise will use the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason onboard the R/V Roger Revelle operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Over 20 US and international undergraduate and graduate students will join us on this expedition, working side-by-side scientists, engineers, and the ship and ROV teams.
Similar to previous O& M cruises, this expedition is highly complex with a diverse array of ~120 seafloor instruments, junction boxes, and instrumented pods on the Shallow Profiler Moorings to be recovered, installed, and tested. The cruise will also include recovery and reinstallation of cabled Deep Profiler Moorings that reach ~10,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. The ship will be “packed to the gills” on each of the three legs that make up this expedition, carrying everything from state-of-the-art mooring components to sharpies.
The multi-leg cruise will run from July 25 to August 29, 2017.
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You can also follow along on Twitter (@VISIONSops), where up-to-the-minute updates about activities on board are posted.