The submersibles listed on this page are retired by their institution or no longer used on expeditions funded by NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research. The information for these submersibles is no longer updated.
The remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Tiburon is a unique ROV, designed and built by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute specifically for scientific exploration of the deep sea. After 12 years of ocean observation and data collection, the Tiburon was retired in 2008.
Clelia was built by Perry Oceanographics in 1976 and refitted in 1992 by Harbor Branch to address the needs of the shallow water scientific community. In 2010 Clelia was retired and placed on display at the Georgia Aquarium.
The Johnson-Sea-Link (JSL) I and II were designed and built by Edwin Albert Link at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in the early 1970s. The JSL vehicles were retired, along with their support ship the R/V Seward Johnson in 2011, after nearly 40 years of exploration.
ABE was the first vehicle of its kind, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), designed and built at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the mid 1990’s. ABE's career was unfortunately cut short when it was lost at sea in March, 2010.