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Gulf of the Farallones: Sustainable Seas Expedition

Dan Howard receives instruction from Ian Griffith during the first stage of DeepWorker training in October 1998 at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in Moss Landing, CA. (photo: Karina Racz)

Amber Mace experiments with the thrusters in the Institute's pool during training (photo: Gulf of the Farallones NMS)

One of the first views of the DeepWorker in action - through a porthole in the Institute's pool. (photo: Karina Racz)

The DeepWorkers arrive by truck to the first test launch site off the US Coast Guard pier in Monterey. The space-age looking subs piqued much curiosity along the road from Vancouver (photo: Amber Mace)

Inside the sub: the pilot's seat and the port side controls, including the oxygen bellows, main control panel, and scrubber fan. (photo: Jan Roletto)

Turning on the oxygen bottles before closing the hatch on the rear buoyancy pack. (photo: Jan Roletto)

A view of the interior of the sub, minus the pilot's seat Programmable logic control board, port and starboard controls, and hull jettison lever. (photo: Jamie Hall)

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary's boat stands by during one of the first test dives of the DeepWorker in Monterey harbor. (photo: Karina Racz)

Sanctuary manager Ed Ueber shows his excitement at being one of the first to pilot the DeepWorker. (photo: Dan Howard)

The group successfully completes stage one of DeepWorker training in Monterey. (photo: Maria Brown)

Stage two of DeepWorker training took place in March of 1999 in somewhat colder conditions at the Sand Point NOAA facility on Lake Washington in Seattle. (photo: Maria Brown)

NOAA Corps LCDR Dan Wilkes waited patiently to assist in releasing the training pilots into the depths of Lake Washington. (photo: Amber Mace)

Training complete, the GFNMS and CBNMS teams of the DeepWorker pilots assembled in red, ready to undertake their missions at the SSE kickoff celebration in April in San Francisco (photo: David Mastrandrea)

The flag flew proudly off the mast of the NOAA Ship McARTHUR as she headed for the Sanctuaries west of the Golden Gate. (photo: Jamie Hall)

Sanctuary manager Ed Ueber wished Sylvia well before her first dive into the Gulf of the Farallones (photo: Dan Howard)

The NOAA Ship McARTHUR arrives at Southeast Farallon Island for the first round of dives. (photo: Maria Brown)

The DeepWorkers await deployment off the stern of the McARTHUR as the Farallones loom in the distance (photo: Maria Brown)

Plankton nets were deployed at night whenever possible to make use of every precious moment of ship time. Data gathered from these nets is part of a long-term ecosystem dynamics study being conducted by the Sanctuaries. (photo: Jan Roletto)

When weather prohibited launching the DeepWorker, scientists made us of the capabilities of a small ROV borrowed from Deep Ocean Engineering and Research, which also brought up video images from the sealer. (photo: Jamie Hall)

Instructor Phil Otalora explains the function of each item in the sub's emergency pack to a very attentive group of new pilots. (photo: Jamie Hall)

Mission Coordinator Dan Howard tentatively explores the controls at the surface before submerging for his first open water dive in the Deep Worker. (photo: Jamie Hall)

Launching the submarine off the stern of the McARTHUR required a coordinated effort by the deck crew. (photo: Jamie Hall)

Braving sharky waters, Matt Hovelman makes the plunge to free the DeepWorker from the A-frame. (photo: Jamie Hall)

After spending hours on deck observing, Teacher-at-Sea, Kathy Soave, tries the DeepWorker on for size. (photo: Maria Brown)

During the Student Summit at the Bodega Marine Laboratory, the pilot teams discussed future projects with the students. (photo: Karina Racz)

Pilot Tom Laidig explained to students the usefulness of the DeepWorker in exploring the hidden reaches of Cordell Bank. (photo: Karina Racz)

Whenever possible, DeepWorker operations continued on into the night. (photo: Jamie Hall)

During down time for the sub, those on board the McARTHUR practiced drills, like getting ready to abandon ship in exposure suits. (photo: Jamie Hall)

Fire drills were also rehearsed. (photo: Jamie Hall)

And on one sunny, particularly inviting day in Drake's Bay, the abandon ship drill was taken further than usual! (photo: Jamie Hall)

Pilots Maria Brown and Natalie Cosentino prove that it is possible to fit two people into one DeepWorker. (photo: Jan Roletto)

During the Marine Sanctuaries Fair in San Francisco, the public enjoyed tours of the McARTHUR and the DeepWorker. (photo: Mike Falzone)

Chief Scientist Dan Howard explained the importance of Sanctuary research to an up and coming marine biologist. (photo: Mike Falzone)

Children of all ages enjoyed creating DeepWorkers at the arts and crafts table during the Marine Sanctuaries Fair. (photo Mike Falzone)

Kids and adults explored some of the specimens collected from their local Sanctuaries. (photo: Mike Falzone)

Visitors flocked to information and activity booths at the Marine Sanctuaries Fair celebration. (photo: Mike Falzone)

Proud faces at the conclusion of the mission for the Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank. (photo: Jamie Hall)

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