Turning 50, Submarine Alvin Is Still Making Discoveries In The Ocean Depths

Jun 5, 2014

Today is the 50th birthday of the submarine Alvin. But there’s no time for cake.  Alvin is a working sub…and it’s in the Gulf of Mexico right now. This week researchers are using Alvin to study organisms that live near oil seeps in the Gulf.

WCAI's Alecia Orsini sat down with Alvin Manager Bruce Strickrott to talk about the importance of human exploration of the deep sea.

Alvin was one of the first vehicles able to carry people deep under the sea when it was commissioned 50 years ago in Woods Hole. It rose to stardom when it surveyed the wreck of the Titanic in 1986 and also got attention when it found a lost hydrogen bomb in the Mediterranean Sea. Alvin Group Manager and pilot Bruce Strickrott says he has been honored to work with the submarine. The sub is owned by the Navy and operated by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. It just went through a two-year, 41-million-dollar upgrade, making it a highly-sought-after tool for ocean scientists.