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:
Océano Profundo 2018: Exploring Deep-sea Habitats off Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands: October 30 - November 20, 2018

From October 30 - November 20, 2018, NOAA and partners will conduct a telepresence-enabled ocean exploration expedition on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to collect critical baseline information on unknown and poorly understood deepwater areas surrounding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All things permitting, dives will be streamed live daily October 31 - November 19, from approximately 8:00 am to 4:30 pm ET.

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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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