The cable laying ship, CS Dependable is back. They are doing some great stuff off the Oregon Coast. This time the crew is attaching the nodes to the electro/optic fiber cable. Apparently, they can grab the cable from the seafloor, bring it up to the ship and splice to the node. Then they test the node on deck and return it to the seafloor. Four nodes have been completed in July and three more in August including the one farthest out on the Axial Mount.
Follow the action on the Oceans Observatories blog at http://www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu/blog. There are great pics.
For more information and the background story of this operation see http://www.oceansobservatories.org/2012/ooi-team-launches-next-phase-of-cabled-infrastructure-installation-in-the-northewast-pacific/
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