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Human-Occupied Submersibles

Since 1987, NURC/UNCW has leased manned research submersibles and support ships from commercial vendors around the United States. Available submersibles can be equipped with an array of scientific sampling equipment provided by the center, scientists and vendors. Currently, readily available systems are capable of diving to a depth of 1,000 meters (including Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution's Johnson-Sea-Link and Delta Oceanographic's Delta pictured below). Deeper systems exist (such as Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's DSV Alvin) and have been used to support the center's deep-sea research initiatives.

Image of Johnson-Sea-Link


Image of Delta submersible