Mission Specialists fly between St. John’s Newfoundland and the dive site aboard a sea plane or helicopter to rendezvous with the Dive Support Ship at sea.
In preparation for the over-ocean helicopter flight, Mission Specialists must participate in a one-day Helicopter Underwater Egress Training session. This session is similar to that used by military personnel and simulates an emergency landing at sea to prepare participants for an exit of the aircraft and for survival at sea in preparation for a possible helicopter flight.
Note: the vessel and aircraft illustrated here represent the type and capabilities that will be selected to conduct the expedition. Dive Support Ships are comfortable and clean, but are not considered luxurious. Specific vessel amenities and aircraft information will be made available to all Mission Specialists who are selected to participate in the expedition.
The primary operations crew will depart from St. Johns, Newfoundland aboard the Island Crown, our Dive Support Ship, with Cyclops 2 and Ms. Lars, OceanGate’s Mobile Subsea Launch and Recovery System, that is used for launching, recovering and servicing the submersible. The operations crew will transit to the dive site aboard the Island Crown, and remain at sea for the duration of the expedition. Each Mission Specialist joins the expedition by air for a designated 8-day mission.
This ship has accommodations for up to 30 operations crew, mission specialists and content experts. Mission Specialists enjoy private living quarters, and share the ship’s common areas with the entire expedition crew. The common areas include a ready room where mission briefs are conducted, a lounge for relaxing when off duty, a dining area for enjoying the first-class meals prepared by the chef, a small workout gym, a sauna, and a small theater for viewing recorded programs and images captured during the expedition.