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Global Underwater Explorers expedition to the wreck of the USS Atlanta

The international GUE expedition, consisting of divers from the USA, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Russia, conducted a project of exploration of the USS Atlanta wreck, sunken near the Solomon Islands. The project of diving in the waters of the South Pacific, was sponsored by Elena Konstantinou. The USS Atlanta is the wreck of a
Published: December 5, 2011 - 09:01
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 06:39
Global Underwater Explorers expedition to the wreck of the USS Atlanta

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The international GUE expedition, consisting of divers from the USA, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands and Russia, conducted a project of exploration of the USS Atlanta wreck, sunken near the Solomon Islands. The project of diving in the waters of the South Pacific, was sponsored by Elena Konstantinou.

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The USS Atlanta is the wreck of a light cruiser that was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1943. Quite severely damaged by both enemy and own fire, she rests at a depth of 130m.

The main objective the project participants set themselves was to explore the vessel and prepare proper documentation of the wreck, including the extent of damage. So far, due to unfavourable factors in the form of very deep water and poor visibility, no reliable database on the ship has been created.

In addition to the depth and low visibility, the dive team had to cope with an enormous amount of equipment, carry out long ascents combined with decompression in the open ocean, and carefully prepare huge quantities of gases for a large group of divers.

The group, comprising Jarrod Jablonski, Casey McKinlay, Liam Allen, Richard Lundgren, Kirill Egorov and JP Bresser, made 6 successful dives using RB 80 rebreathers. Bottom times were in the region of 35min. During the exploration, the divers were accompanied at all times by a camera recording HD images. Additionally, HD cameras were placed on the scooters.

The whole project became an opportunity to make a full-length documentary. In the meantime, we have for you a foretaste of this production:

Source: gue.com

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