The Thomas G. Thompson left Newport last night, they are now on their way to the Axial Seamount. They are streaming live video via a website as they build the first U.S. regional cabled ocean observatory.
According to Nancy Penrose, Communications Coordinator with the Ocean Observatories Initiative (OOI), The VISIONS ’13 team is installing and testing nearly 24,000 meters of extension cables, using the underwater robotic vehicle ROPOS deployed from the UW Research Vessel Thomas G. Thompson. This is one of several components within the Ocean Observatories Initiative, which is funded by the National Science Foundation and is scheduled to be fully operational by early 2015.
You can see the live link at http://www.interactiveoceans.washington.edu/story/VISIONS+13 The website also has other articles and information regarding this project. You can follow progres via Twitter.