After participating in the international exercise REPMUS 22 in the Atlantic Ocean, the multi-purpose research vessel Alliance NATO, crewed by the Navy, departed on October 18 from the Norwegian port of Tromso with a science team from the US Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) for a new scientific research mission.
The campaign Northern Ocean Rapid Surface Evolution (NORSE) 22, organized with the Center for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE) of NATO, will be carried out in the waters of the Norwegian Sea off the island of Jan Mayen.
NORSE 22 focuses on the characterization of ocean physical parameters associated with underwater acoustic propagation at high ice-free latitudes. The goal is to improve the predictive models of propagation, and to release an autonomous observation network composed of sensors and autonomous submerged vehicles to measure the sea currents and the characteristics that make up the various layers of the Arctic Ocean.
It started last September 5th from La Spezia, under the command of the frigate captain Federico Carleo, Nave Alliance can count on a crew of 44 military personnel to which, for the NORSE 22 mission, is added a research group consisting of 25 scientific researchers from the most important university research departments in the sector, coordinated by Dr. Megan Ballard of the University of Texas, responsible for the ONR scientific mission.