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2020 Expeditions

Caladan Oceanic Sets New Mapping Record, Completes 2020 Expedition Series

Victor Vescovo and crew of DSSV Pressure Drop map over 1 million km2 of deep ocean and complete other groundbreaking research in the Northern Mariana Trench Arc

DALLAS (September 2, 2020) – Caladan Oceanic, led by explorer Victor Vescovo, and partners EYOS Expeditions, Triton Submarines and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) completed the final phase of their 2020 expedition series. They completed the detailed mapping of over 1 million km2 of deep ocean since December 2019 – a significant new record and pace in deep ocean mapping. They have also examined the bathymetry and living organisms in some of the most remote locations in the Northern Mariana and “Ring of Fire” Arc. See here for a map of the course taken since the beginning of the 2020 expeditions.

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2020 Expeditions – Ring of Fire Phases 1 & 2

Caladan Oceanic Revisits Challenger Deep in Month-Long Dive Series

Bringing the first woman to Challenger Deep and the son of its first explorer back to his father’s dive site, Victor Vescovo’s Limiting Factor makes six more dives to the deepest point in the ocean

DALLAS, TX (June 30, 2020) – Caladan Oceanic, led by explorer Victor Vescovo, along with partners EYOS Expeditions, Triton Submarines, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) achieves several historical accomplishments in the Challenger Deep, the deepest location in the Mariana Trench, and the world. Dive Series 1 and 2 of Caladan Oceanic’s 2020 “Ring of Fire” expedition yielded several notable firsts and marks 10 total dives into the Challenger Deep for Triton 36,000/2 submersible (DSV Limiting Factor).

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2020 Expeditions – Ring of Fire

Pacific Ocean – Challenger Deep

First Taiwanese Native Dives to Challenger Deep – Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Scientist Dr. Y.-T. Lin, a Taiwanese-American citizen, joined explorer Victor Vescovo in a visit to the deepest place on Earth

DALLAS (June 23, 2020) – In another world first, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) research scientist, Dr. Ying-Tsong “Y.-T.” Lin, joined explorer Victor Vescovo and EYOS Expeditions in Triton Submarines’ Deep Submergence Vehicle (DSV) Limiting Factor in a deep dive to the bottom of Challenger Deep’s central pool (10,915 meters +/- 4 meters) making him not only the first person born in Taiwan to go to the bottom of the Mariana Trench, but also the first from the Asian continent to do so. Five sensors attached to the lander Skaff, and the DSV Limiting Factor confirmed the depth.

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2020 Expeditions – Ring of Fire

Pacific Ocean – Challenger Deep

EYOS Expeditions: From father to son; the next generation of ocean exploration. Kelly Walsh repeats father’s historic dive, 60 years later, on Father’s Day weekend

June 20th, 2020 – Kelly Walsh, 52, today completed a historic dive to approximately 10,925m in the Challenger Deep. The dive location was the Western Pool, the same area that was visited by Kelly’s father, Captain Don Walsh, USN (Ret), PhD, who was the pilot of the bathyscaph ‘Trieste’ during the first dive to the Challenger Deep in 1960. Mr. Walsh’s 12- hour dive, coordinated by EYOS Expeditions, was undertaken aboard the deep-sea vehicle Triton 36000/2 ‘Limiting Factor” piloted by the owner of the vehicle Victor Vescovo, a Dallas, Texas based businessman and explorer.

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2020 Expeditions – Phase IV

Indian Ocean – First Mapping of Key Deep-Sea Features in Indian Ocean

Victor Vescovo and team map an area the size of Rhode Island and document previously undocumented seamount near Seychelles

DALLAS (April 09, 2020) – After making the first manned dive to the deepest point in the Red Sea, investor and explorer Victor Vescovo’s Caladan Oceanic team conducted the first-ever mapping of the Amirante Trench near Seychelles. The Amirante Trench is approximately 610 km long and 30 km wide. The oceanography of the trench has been highly debated among geologists and geophysicists since the late 1970s. While early theories suggested the trench formed through traditional subduction methods, more modern assessments argue that the evolution of the Amirante Trench is more complicated and tied to the separation of India and the Seychelles.

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2020 Expeditions – Phase III

Read Sea – First manned dive to the Suakin Trough

Caladan Oceanic’s Victor Vescovo and Saudi national Mohammed A. Aljahdli make the first- ever manned dive to the bottom of the Suakin Trough

Dallas, TX (March 4, 2020) – After successfully diving to the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea, the Calypso Deep in mid-February, Victor Vescovo and the Caladan Oceanic crew sailed through the Suez Canal and into the Red Sea. In cooperation with the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Caladan made multiple manned dives into the little-explored Red Sea and—for the first time—to its deepest point: the Suakin Trough. The team also dove the shallower, but scientifically important Kebrit Deep (Arabic for “sulfur”), 250 miles to the north.

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2020 Expeditions – Phase II

Calypso Deep – deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea

Caladan Oceanic’s Victor Vescovo and EYOS Expeditions dive with Prince Albert II of Monaco to the deepest point in the Mediterranean Sea.

DALLAS, TX (February 12, 2020) – The second phase (of five) of Caladan Oceanic’s 2020 deep-diving expeditions has now been completed after sub pilot and explorer, Victor Vescovo and His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco ventured down to the bottom of the Calypso Deep, the deepest point in the Mediterranean sea, on February 10. In conjunction with EYOS Expeditions and Triton Submarines.

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2020 Expeditions – Phase I

La Minerve – Lost Submarine investigated and honored

Mediterranean Sea. February 2020.

Caladan Oceanic, EYOS Expeditions and Triton Submarines have completed a highly successful expedition to the wreck of the French submarine S647 ‘La Minerve’ which sank in 1968 with all hands. The expedition’s purpose was to complete a forensic investigation of the wreck and to place a commemorative plaque on behalf of the families of the 52 crew who were lost at sea. [via eyosexpeditions.com]

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2020 Expeditions – Launch

Caladan Oceanic
2020 Expedition Plan

Dallas, Texas.

Caladan Oceanic 2020 Expeditions Itinerary

DALLAS, TX (February 4, 2020) – Through collaboration between investor and explorer Victor Vescovo, Triton Submarines and EYOS Expeditions, the 2020 Caladan Oceanic expeditions will yet again visit never before seen ocean depths and famed historic sites. A first of its kind two-person research submersible, designed and manufactured by Triton specifically for extreme deep-sea exploration endeavors, will bring its stories of the voyage to the world in near-real time between February and July of 2020.

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2019 Archived Releases

Deep Dive 5

Arctic Ocean

Molloy Deep. August 2019

VICTOR VESCOVO AND TEAM COMPLETE THE FINAL MISSION OF THE EXPEDITION IN WORLD’S DEEPEST DIVING OPERATIONAL SUBMERSIBLE, THE LIMITING FACTOR

New York – (September 9th, 2019) Explorer Victor Vescovo has become the first human to dive to the bottom of the deepest point of all five of the world’s oceans. On August 24th, with external sea temperatures dropping to -2 °C, Victor dived to a depth of 5,550 +/- 14 metres in the Molloy Deep, the deepest point in the Arctic Ocean

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Additional Dives

Tonga Trench

Horizon Deep. June 2019.

CONFIRMED: Horizon Deep Second Deepest Point on the Planet

DALLAS, TX (June 10, 2019) – The Five Deeps Expedition team makes history again as explorer Victor Vescovo became the first human to dive on a solo mission to the bottom of the deepest point in the Southern Hemisphere – the Tonga Trench’s Horizon Deep. Now measured at 10,823 meters (+/- 10 meters) or 35,509 feet (+/-33 feet) the expedition definitively confirmed that the Horizon Deep is shallower than the Mariana Trench’s Challenger Deep.

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Deep Dive 4

Pacific Ocean

Mariana Trench/Challenger Deep. April – May 2019.

Deepest Submarine Dive in History, Five Deeps Expedition Conquers Challenger Deep

DALLAS, TX (May 13, 2019) – For the fourth time, the Five Deeps Expedition has successfully dived to the bottom of one of the world’s five oceans. The team completed a mission to reach what is commonly known as the deepest point on planet Earth: Challenger Deep within the Mariana Trench.

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Deep Dive 3

Indian Ocean

Diamantina Fracture Zone & Java Trench. March – April 2019.

Deep sea pioneer makes history again as first human to dive to the deepest point in the Indian Ocean, the Java Trench.

DALLAS, TX (April 16, 2019) – For the third time, the Five Deeps Expedition has successfully dived to the previously-unvisited bottom of one of the world’s five oceans. The team completed a mission to reach one of the most isolated points on the planet: the deepest point of the Java Trench in the Indian Ocean.

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Deep Dive 2

Southern Ocean

South Sandwich Trench. January – February 2019.

Explorer makes history as first human to successfully dive to the deepest point in the Southern Ocean, in the South Sandwich Trench.

DALLAS, TX (February 4, 2019) – The Five Deeps Expedition crosses another historic dive off its list when explorer Victor Vescovo became the first human to dive to the deepest point in the Southern Ocean – in the southern portion of the South Sandwich Trench – at 7,433.6 meters/24,388 feet in his private submersible, the Limiting Factor.

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Five Deeps Expedition embarks for its second dive to reach the deepest point in the Southern Ocean.

DALLAS, TX (January 28, 2019) – For the second time, The Five Deeps Expedition has set sail on a mission to reach one of the most remote points on the planet: the deepest point of the South Sandwich Trench in the Southern Ocean.

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Deep Dive 1

Atlantic Ocean

Puerto Rico Trench. December 2018.

First Human Reaches the Deepest Point in the Atlantic Ocean in Unprecedented Solo Submersible Dive.

DALLAS, TX (December 21, 2018) – In a historic feat, explorer Victor Vescovo became the first human to dive on a solo mission to the deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean – the verified bottom of the Puerto Rico Trench at 8,376 meters/27,480 feet in his private submersible, the Limiting Factor.

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Trials & Testing Period

Bahamas

Mid-Late 2018

Unprecedented Expedition to Explore Deepest Points in Each of the World’s Five Oceans Embarks from New York City

NEW YORK CITY (Oct. 19, 2018) – After three years of intensive efforts from some of the world’s leading oceanographers, submarine engineers, and scientists, the Five Deeps Expedition – the first global ocean journey to send a manned submersible vessel farther and deeper than any in history – launches today.

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General Press Releases

The Five Deeps Expedition and The Nippon Foundation – GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project

Monaco (11 March 2019) – A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed today between The Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project and the Five Deeps Expedition, laying the groundwork for previously unexplored areas of the seafloor to be mapped and the resulting data made available for public use.

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