NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer at sea. Image courtesy of Art Howard/NOAA OER. Download larger version (jpg, 11 MB).

Current Operations:
Windows to the Deep 2019: Exploration of the Deep-sea Habitats of the Southeast United States

From June 20 through July 12, NOAA and partners will conduct the second leg of the Windows to the Deep 2019 expedition, a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information about unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas off the southeastern U.S. coast. Operations will include both mapping and remotely operated vehicle dives. We expect to be diving daily, from ~8:30 am to 4:00 pm ET, June 21 - July 11 – tune in LIVE!

About the Ship

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer

Meet the Ship

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is the only federal vessel dedicated to exploring our largely unknown ocean for the purpose of discovery and the advancement of knowledge about the deep ocean.

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ROV Deep Discoverer

Meet the ROV

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is the platform from which Deep Discoverer and its sister vehicle, Seirios, are operated. Capable of diving to depths of 6,000 meters, Deep Discoverer delivers high-quality imagery and data needed to understand the deep ocean.

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NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer Personnel

Meet the Team

NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer is operated by the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps and civilians as part of the fleet managed by NOAA's Office of Marine and Aviation Operations. Mission equipment is operated by the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

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Browse Expeditions

Follow expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer while underway or retrace past expeditions. For each expedition, you'll find information ranging from mission plans and background essays to educational materials, expedition updates, and imagery.

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