Remotely operated vehicle engineer Sean Kennison washes down Seirios after our launch and recovery practice. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Deepwater Wonders of Wake. Download larger version (jpg, 2.6 MB).
After several busy days preparing to get underway, NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer pulled away from the dock. Shortly after we cleared the harbor, we stopped and went in to Dynamic Positioning to practice a couple of remotely operated vehicle (ROV) launches and recoveries. We experienced some problems with the remote control on the crane we use to lift the ROV during the inport. We had already fixed the problems, but we wanted to test the procedures for recovery of the ROV without the remote just in case. Satisfied that we could comfortably recover and launch with our the remote belt pack, we started transiting to our first dive site.