Out of nowhere, the team aboard the Okeanos Explorer has begun exploring off the coast of Alaska. Targeting the highs and lows of the sea floor over the Aleutian Islands, the 48-member crew from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is exploring the briny deep in a way Jacques Cousteau could only imagine.
Expedition coordinator Shannon Hoy said, “It’s so exciting to go down there and see that it’s actually teeming with life. You would never know that unless we were able to go down there and explore.”
Cruising along, the ship is equipped with a mixture of sonar ranges. They also brought along a pair of remotely operated vehicles – Deep Discoverer and Serios. These tools allow researchers to map and collect samples from the Aleutian Trench and the Gulf of Alaska and reach up to 19,685 feet below the surface. With technological advancements, they have been able to livestream dives and immediately provide the public with the data.
While weather, currents, as well as the speed and depth of the sonar can greatly impact how fast they can get the exploration done, they believe they can complete 31,069 square miles in 2 to 4 weeks. All of this data is something the NOAA claims will provide people with better information for planning fisheries.
Yet this is also not too far outside of the area where Chinese and Russian ships as well as planes, have been spotted in recent history.
Timing like this is something that wouldn’t happen in a dime-store spy novel. It’s so strange it would seem more likely that this is another part of President Biden’s regime trying to make up for their shortcomings in defending Alaska against foreign threats. It would be more likely that they are combing the floor for sea mines, as well as dropping off new surveillance equipment to help detect Russian and Chinese submarines and warships.
While Biden may be a bumbling idiot, his leaders in the Arctic aren’t. They know what the Chinese, Russians, and North Koreans are capable of more than Biden could comprehend. By taking advantage of the NOAA vessel, they can operate in silence and prevent Communist violence.