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Visit of Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief of Naval Operations

Friday, June 10, 2011

On June 10, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution hosted a visit from Admiral Gary Roughead, the Chief of Naval Operations, marking the first such appearance at the Institution by a serving Chief of Naval Operations.  During his visit, Admiral Roughead toured several of the Institution’s labs and had briefings on its education program and its submersible vehicle programs—many of which have been developed with Navy support.

In an address to the WHOI staff, the CNO presented WHOI President and Director Susan Avery with a letter commending the Institution for its 50-year history of deep submergence and ocean research vehicle development. The letter makes special mention of WHOI's use of robotic technology in response to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and in the 2011 successful search for the wreckage of Air France flight 447.