2016 AUV Sentry Nizinski Cruise

Andrew Bowen, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Abstract

WHOI operates the NDSF, which includes the human-occupied Deep Submergence Vehicle (HOV) Alvin, Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) Jason and the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) Sentry. These facilities are funded by federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on a daily rate basis, to provide deep sea capabilities for funded science programs sponsored by these agencies. R/V Atlantis served as the support vehicle for HOV Alvin. The ROV and AUV can be installed on other vessels suitable for their deployment. This fly-away capability provides scheduling flexibility to meet a much wider range of requirements for the scientific community.

The AUV Sentry will be utilized in support of Dr. Martha Nizinski’s investigation of deep-sea coral habitats in canyons and slope areas off of Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina on NOAA R/V Pisces. Sentry will mobe in Newport, RI on August 22nd and demobe on September 8th. There will be a total of 18 charge days for the vehicle (2 mobe, 1 demobe, and 15 at sea) and crane and forklift services for mobe and demobe on R/V Pisces.