Ring of Fire Expedition

Expedition to various points in the Pacific Ocean.

Dive Series 1

Challenger Deep June 5 – 15

  • Dr Kathy Sullivan, the first woman to the bottom of Challenger Deep

  • Three additional dives to the “Eastern Pool” of Challenger Deep

  • First 4K video recording of Challenger Deep

  • Extensive topological and ecological survey

Dive Series 2

Challenger Deep June 17 – 28

  • Descent of Kelly Walsh, Dr. Don Walsh’ son, to the bottom of the Western Pool of Challenger Deep – 60 years after has father did it

  • Three additional dives into Challenger Deep including the Western, Central and Eastern Pools

  • Further topographical and marine life survey of the entire Challenger Deep for a cumulative total in 2020 of eight dives, all piloted by Victor Vescovo.

  • Extensive topological and ecological survey

Dive Series 3

Northern Mariana Trench  June 29 – July 10

  • First manned descents to the Nero, Tinian, Saipan and Rota Deeps in the Northern Mariana Trench

  • First author and journalist, Susan Casey, to a depth greater than 8,000 meters

  • Extensive scientific research across different depths and locations

Dive Series 4

Challenger Deep July 11 – Late July

  • Deepest attempted wreck dive in history, in the Samar Island marine battlefield (1944) off the Philippine coast

  • First descent of Emden Deep, the deepest point in the Philippine Trench at >10,000 meters

  • Continued extensive mapping of previous unmapped seafloor; bringing to a total of more than one million the number of kilometres mapped by the team since late 2019.