Turkey, July 2012

MISSION:

ROV Pilot of Hercules/Argus two body ROV system for IFE expeditions NA020 & NA021. Located and documented the wreckage of Turkish RF-4E Phantom in Syrian waters, recovered the bodies of the two pilots. Explored ancient shipwrecks in the Black Sea.

CLIENT:

Institute For Exploration

SHIP:

Nautilus

LOCATION:

The Mediterranean Sea and Black Sea

PAPER:

Press Release - Turkish Jet

hercules IFE ROV pilots

NA021 Pilots

 

shipwreck nautilus black sea

Eregli G Wreck

(courtesy IFE)

IFE argus rov turkey

Argus on the Fantail

 


Mississippi, USA, March 2012

MISSION:

ROV Pilot and Navigator of Little Hercules/Seirios two body ROV system for OER expedition EX1202 Legs 2 & 3. Explored methane seeps and shipwrecks in the northern Gulf of Mexico

CLIENT:

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

SHIP:

Okeanos Explorer

LOCATION:

Gulf of Mexico

little hercules okeanos explorer

Little Hercules

(courtesy NOAA)

shipwreck okeanos explorer

Wreck Imaged in Sonar

(courtesy NOAA)

squid mating okeanos explorer

Squid Mating

(courtesy NOAA)


Italy, September 2011

MISSION:

ROV Pilot of Hercules/Argus two body ROV system for IFE expedition NA015. Explored seamounts on the Aeolian Arc, north of Sicily.

CLIENT:

Institute For Exploration

SHIP:

Nautilus

LOCATION:

Aeolian Arc

The Ship Nautilus

The Nautilus at Dock

(courtesy Tom Pierce)

New rockhammer on Hercules ROV

Hercules' New Jackhammer

(courtesy Tom Pierce)

Karl McLetchie on Nautilus

Waiting on the weather

off of Stromboli.


Cayman Islands, August 2011

MISSION:

ROV Pilot and Navigator of Little Hercules/Seirios two body ROV system and multibeam watchstander for OER expedition EX1104. Explored seamounts and hydrothermal vents on the Mid Cayman Rise, south of the Cayman Islands

CLIENT:

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

SHIP:

Okeanos Explorer

LOCATION:

Mid Cayman Rise

Tube Worms

Hydrothermal Tube Worms

(courtesy NOAA)

Hydrothermal Vent with Shrimp

Hydrothermal Spire w/ Shrimp

(courtesy NOAA)

Karl McLetchie on Okeanos Explorer

Front Row

(courtesy NOAA)


Ecuador, June 2011

MISSION:

ROV Pilot and Navigator of Little Hercules/Seirios two body ROV system and multibeam watchstander for OER expedition EX1103. Explored submarine seamounts and hydrothermal vents on the Galapagos Spreading Center.

CLIENT:

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

SHIP:

Okeanos Explorer

LOCATION:

Galapagos Spreading Center

Okeanos Explorer at Anchor

Okeanos Explorer at

Anchor in Costa Rica

Little Hercules ROV Night Recovery

Little Hercules ROV

(courtesy NOAA)

Seirios ROV Night Recovery

Seirios Night Recovery

(courtesy NOAA)


Rhode Island, USA, June 2011

MISSION:

Training with the Acrobat Towed Oceanographic Sensor Platform on Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island.

CLIENT:

Sea Sciences Inc

SHIP:

URI Research Vessel

LOCATION:

Narragansett Bay

Sea Sciences Acrobat

Sea Sciences Acrobat

Chris Casagrande

Owner, Chris Casagrande

Acrobat towing rig

Towing Rig


California, USA, April 2011

MISSION:

ROV Pilot and Navigator of Little Hercules/Seirios two body ROV system for OER expedition EX1102. Engineering trials on the new camera platform, Seirios, to 4,000m depth.

CLIENT:

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

SHIP:

Okeanos Explorer

LOCATION:

Channel Islands

ROV Seirios on Okeanos Explorer

Seirios on Deck

ROV Seirios on Okeanos Explorer

Serious Close-up

Calibration of Linkquest Tracklink USBL System

USBL Calibration


Indonesia, June 2010

MISSION:

ROV Pilot and Navigator of Little Hercules and Camera Platform two body ROV system and multibeam watchstander for OER expedition EX1004. Explored seamounts, hydrothermal vents, and deep-sea coral habitats in northern Indonesian waters.

CLIENT:

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

SHIP:

Okeanos Explorer

LOCATION:

Sangihe Talaud Region

Okeanos Explorer Sea Cucumber

Sea Cucumber

(courtesy NOAA)

Karl McLetchie on Okeanos Explorer

ROV Pilots

(courtesy Carl Verplanck)

Okeanos Explorer Hermit Crab

Hermit Crab

(courtesy NOAA)


Louisiana, USA, April 2010

MISSION:

Monitoring and sampling the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Equipment used: CTD Rosette, Sea Sciences Acrobat Towsled, and Box Corer.

CLIENT:

National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology

SHIP:

RV Pelican

LOCATION:

Gulf of Mexico

PAPER:

NIUST – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response Cruise

RV Pelican and Releif Rig

RV Pelican and Well

(courtesy Mark Schrope)

Karl McLetchie at BP Deepwater Horizon

Full Hazwopper Gear

w/Slick in Background

BP Deepwater Horizon Sample

Taking a Surface Sample

(courtesy Mark Schrope)


Hawaii, USA, February 2010

MISSION:

ROV Navigator of Little Hercules and Camera Platform two body ROV system for OER expedition EX1002. Engineering trials on the ROV system to 4,000m depth.

CLIENT:

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration

SHIP:

Okeanos Explorer

LOCATION:

Hawaiian Islands

Little Hercules ROV

Little Hercules ROV

Okeanos Explorer Camera Platform

Camera Platform

Okeanos Explorer ROV Control

Control Room


Mississippi, USA, October 2009

MISSION:

Deployed ISE Explorer Class AUV, Eagle Ray, for nine successful multibeam surveys of potential shipwreck sites and WHOI Seabed AUV, Mola Mola, for photo survey of a promising wreck.

CLIENT:

National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology

SHIP:

Nancy Foster

LOCATION:

Gulf of Mexico

PAPER:

Enhancing NIUST’s SeaBED Class AUV, Mola Mola

NIUST Mola Mola SeaBed

Mola Mola on the Hook

Multibeam Data of Wreck

Eagle Ray Multibeam Data

Image of Shipwreck

Mola Mola Wreck Image


New York, USA, September 2009

MISSION:

Deployed ISE Explorer Class AUV, Eagle Ray, for multibeam mapping of the Hudson River Canyon and WHOI Seabed AUV, Mola Mola, for engineering trials.

CLIENT:

National Institute for Undersea Science and Technology

SHIP:

Henry B. Bigelow

LOCATION:

Hudson River Canyon

NOAA Ship Henry B Bigelow

Henry B. Bigelow

ISE AUV Eagel Ray

ISE Explorer AUV Eagle Ray

WHOI Seabed AUV Mola Mola

WHOI Seabed AUV Mola Mola


Massachusetts, USA, July 2008

MISSION:

Deployed Odyssey IV AUV with camera and high frequency sonar to survey the sea floor for an invasive Tunicate species that threatens the native shellfish populations.

CLIENT:

MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab

SHIP:

Henry B. Bigelow

LOCATION:

Georges Bank

Sea Grant OIV

Odyssey IV on Deck

Sea Grant OIV

Odyssey IV on the Hook

Tunicates

Tunicates on the Seafloor


Wisconsin, USA, July 2005

MISSION:

Deployed Odyssey II AUV with camera, sidescan sonar, and water sampling instruments in collaboration with scientists from the Great Lakes Water Institute.

CLIENT:

MIT Sea Grant AUV Lab

SHIP:

RV Neeskay

LOCATION:

Lake Michigan

MIT Sea Grant OII

Preparing to Launch OII

MIT Sea Grant OII

OII Surfaces

Karl McLetchie SeaKnowledge

Successful Night Recovery