Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
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Gray's Reef Research
Expeditions 2017

Thursday: June 22, 2017
Log Day 14

Chris Hines
Gray's Reef Deputy Superintendent
Savannah, GA

On behalf of all the scientists, Gray's Reef staff, volunteers, and partners, we would like to send a huge THANK YOU to the entire crew of the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster.

To ET Swiger, for keeping the ship's internet up and running 19 miles offshore, that helps the scientists and crew stay connected with our onshore lives and loved ones.

Crew and scientists enjoying a delicious meal.

Crew and scientists enjoying a delicious meal.
(Photo: NOAA / GRNMS)

To CS LLena and 2C Hudson, for preparing gourmet meals every day and keeping this large crew fed and energized to dive, maintain the ship, run the small boats, and help protect Gray's Reef.

To ET Swiger, CME Lagor, 1AE MacCormack, 2AE Mzazik, JUE Clark, and Oiler Meissner, for miraculously keeping the electrical, mechanical, and vessel systems up and running, solving problems with the power supply and generator, and keeping this vessel on track to complete its science objectives.

Divers in the water ready to explore Gray's Reef thanks to the terrific crew.

Divers in the water ready to explore Gray's Reef thanks to the terrific crew.
(Photo: Nick Mitchell, NOAA)

To CB Walker, BGL Allan, AB Sorgenfrei, AB Peaks, AB Pontz, SST Mitchell, and GVA Gosine for excellent deployment and recovery of the small boats and top-notch accuracy when dropping off divers on their dive sites.

To all the individuals at the NOAA Office of Marine and Aviation Operations and others not on board that helped make all this possible.

To LT Hopper, ENS Tao, ENS Fort, ENS Hanson and ENS Thompson for the flawless sailing of the ship, daily logistics, and problem solving that are second to none.

Invertebrate team with small boat driver, BGL Leslie Allan.

Invertebrate team with small boat driver, BGL Leslie Allan.
(Photo: Brianne Varnerin, GSU)

To Captain Pratt and LCDR Perry, for masterfully guiding the overall crew needs and science needs while keeping the ship staffed and running like a well-oiled machine.

Again, thank you a million times to all the crew for their attention to detail, problem solving, logistics balancing, and making us feel welcome to your home. Your boundless energy, extraordinary problem solving skills, and can-do attitude made this experience not only pleasant, but also extremely rewarding and valuable. The information gathered throughout the last two weeks will help protect Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary for years to come.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.


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