Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Questionnaire



RV Neil Armstrong


Cruise Party

Albert Plueddemann: Principal Investigator
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Clark 202A, MS#29 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 2789

Chad Smith: Chief Scientist
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution 38 Water St. 3rd Floor, MS#37 Woods Hole, Ma. USA 02543
+1 508 289 3811

Departure: Norfolk, VA on Mar 31, 2015

Arrival: Woods Hole, MA on Apr 6, 2016

Mobilization Date: Mar 29, 2016

Demobilization Date: Apr 7, 2016

Supporting documentation:


Operations Area: OOI Pioneer Array, and specific survey transects east of the continental slope


Depth Range: min / max (m)

Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? no

Science objectives

  • Acoustic survey of defined transects off the continental slope (NOAA/UNH)
  • Mooring maintenance at the OOI Pioneer Array (WHOI)
  • Recovery of a Glider (WHOI)
  • Deployment of Acoustic Moorings near the Pioneer Array (WHOI)

Evaluation of the R/V Neil Armstrong’s scientific capabilities (Science Verification) by the voluntary participation of groups from NOAA, UNH and WHOI. Written evaluation from the Science Parties will serve as a guide to future procedure and design modification in the continued operation of the ship in oceanographic service.


The R/V Neil Armstrong is a new vessel, and it’s capabilities for science have not been fully tested. The objective of this cruise is to test and evaluate the ship. While WHOI wants to see all participants gain usable data and/or samples from our Science Verification Cruises, science personnel must understand that the ship and her systems may not function as intended.


Science Activities

Al Plueddemann, John Kemp (WHOI
OOI Mooring Service @ Pioneer Array


Ying Tsong Lin, Lee Freitag (WHOI)
Acoustic Mooring Deployment
Deploy a couple of moorings consisting of hydrophone vertical line arrays, physical oceanography sensors, steer spheres, glass floats, acoustic releases and anchors.  I would also like to hang an acoustic source on the side of the vessel to transmit sounds to the moorings.

Larry Mayer, Andy Armstrong (UNH, NOAA)
Acoustic Survey, Contental Shelf
The United States has been collected data in support of the establishment of an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS) in regions surrounding the U.S. and its territories since 2003. Included in these efforts have been 5 cruises off the east coast of the US that have resulted in a remarkable, nearly complete high-resolution multibeam bathymetry coverage of the margin beyond the shelf-break (see attached figure). As these data are analyzed and as the Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf makes recommendations to other nations, we have concluded that the case that the U.S .could make for a submission could be strengthened by several strategically located concurrent MBES and high-resolution 3.5 kHz profiles run orthogonal to the margin. Such lines could easily fit on an ARMSTRONG science verification cruise offering an opportunity to test the high-resolution subbottom profiler and the multibeam sonar in real-data collection scenarios.

Robert Todd (WHOI)
Glider Recovery
I’ll be deploying a Spray glider in Miami soon that will zig sag its way along the Gulf Stream to the shelf south of Woods Hole during a ~100-day mission. With the Armstrong coming right through there on her way from Charleston, it would be a very easy pickup and require little time (~1 hr). Coincidently, this glider, like the Armstrong, is brand new and will be making its first approach to Woods Hole having been shipped straight from construction at Scripps to Miami.

Pre-cruise planning meeting: Teleconference/Visit WHOI

Meeting Thursday 2/18/16 2:30 PM EST WHOI Marine Operations Conference Room 38 Water ST


Funding Agency: WHOI #0000000000

- added WHOI #0000000000 on Feb 16, 2016 12:01 PM by Chad Smith

R/V Armstrong

Shipboard Equipment

Bathymetry System 12 kHz
Bathymetry System 3.5 kHz
ADCP 150 kHz
EM122 (12 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder
Dynamic Positioning System
K-Synch System
Computer Network
ADCP 38 kHz
EM710 MkII (40 to 100 kHz) Multibeam Echosounder

Shipboard Communication

Basic Internet access via HiSeasNet

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors

Critical CTD Sensors: 

Storage Notes:


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no

Will you be using Ultra-short baseline (USBL) navigation for other than Alvin operations? no



Navigation Notes:


Mooring / TSE winch

Winch Notes: TSE winch will be mobilized in Charleston, SC

Wire Notes:
Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Other Science Vans:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? yes

Details: OOI Mooring
Lin/Freitag Acoustic Moorings

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices: no
Portable Air Compressors: no
Flammable Gases: no
Small Boat Operations: no
SCUBA Diving Operations: no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized? no

Radioactive Material

Radioiosotopes: no

Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise? yes

Specialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other): Survey of Extended Continental Shelf (ECS)

Other required equipment and special needs: 
Date Submitted: Feb 19, 2016 10:19 AM by Chad Smith