Navy, NOAA Use Nuclear Research Sub to Hunt for the Navy's First Sub
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Navy continued the Hunt for the Alligator in November 2006 with the help of the Navy's only nuclear-powered research submarine, the NR-1, and the Submarine Support Vessel Carolyn Chouest.
Taking advantage of a brief window in the NR-1's schedule, a small team of NOAA and Navy researchers investigated a number of "targets of interest" in the Alligator search area. "This survey provided us the opportunity to review and rule out targets in question from previous surveys and allows us access to the unique capabilities of the NR-1," said NOAA Marine Archaeologist Michael Overifield, Chief NOAA Scientist for the Hunt for the Alligator.
"The NR-1 also provided us the ability to survey a total of 51 linear nautical miles at depths not easily surveyed by a surface vessel." The hunt was part of an ongoing effort by NOAA, the U.S. Navy and partners to uncover the Alligator's secrets.