Nuclear Research Submarine NR-1, towed by Submarine Support Vessel (SSV) Carolyn Chouest, pulled into Galveston, Texas, on Feb. 25 to take part in an expedition to survey the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and other sites of interest in the Gulf of Mexico.Photo:
"This mission is going to be exciting and full of new challenges for the Submarine NR-1, and the crew of SSV Carolyn Chouest," said Lt. Paul M. Kutia, operations officer for NR-1. "Weíve been preparing our people to make sure this mission is going to be a full success."
The Navy will work in collaboration with The Institute for Exploration, the University of Rhode Island, Immersion Presents, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Marine Sanctuary Program to broadcast their findings over live satellite.
Nuclear research submarine NR-1 is towed by Military Sealift Command (MSC) submarine support vessel MV Carolyn Chouest as the submarine passes under the Gold Star Bridge and Thames River Draw bridge. NR-1 is scheduled to conduct a visual and acoustic survey of the Flower Garden Banks in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class John FieldsUPDATE: Bubblehead has more.