Two Ships at Sea

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There will soon be two ships at sea conducting work related to the regional cabled network component of the NSF Ocean Observatories Initiative. OOI scientists will set sail on August 11 onboard the R/V Thompson to conduct work at Hydrate Ridge and Axial Seamount, part of the continuing efforts to prepare for, survey, and assess the ongoing installation of this high-power and high-bandwidth cabled network.

At the same time, the TE Subcom Dependable, will be working offshore, continuing its work installing the 540 miles (870 km) of the electro-optical cable that forms the backbone of the network.