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May 2017 Issue

25 Years Ago 1992. U.S. and Russian scientists who set sail on a huge ice floe ran out of aviation gas when it was discovered that the fuel stored below for the expedition helicopters was contaminated. U.S. Air Force C-141 from Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina dropped 5,865 gallons of new fuel to continue the expedition. ... NOAA filed for damages and injunctive relief against treasure hunter Melvin A. Fisher, Salvors Inc. and three of his salvage vessels for allegedly destroying natural resources in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. ... The U.S. Coast Guard published a rule that would require more vessels—foreign and domestic—in U.S. waters to carry radios for safety warnings.


15 Years Ago 2002. NATO identified 23 merchant ships as being linked to Osama Bin Laden’s Al Qaeda terrorist network. The ships became subject to arrest in any port in the world. ... A federal report card on the waters off U.S. coasts concluded that the best deserved only a “fair” grade, while many were given “poor” grades because of pollution. The report was the first of its kind from the EPA. ... For the third straight year, Libya topped the rankings, ahead of the U.K. and Australia, as the country most favored by oil companies for new ventures in 2002.


10 Years Ago 2007. In a multi-institution effort managed by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation, 52 km of cable was laid along the seafloor of Monterey Bay, off the coast of California. ... The U.S. Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division Newport announced that it had awarded the University of Rhode Island with the first center of excellence in undersea technology in the United States. ... The Virginia-class submarine program (VCSP) achieved initial operating capability when the USS Virginia successfully completed its post-shakedown availability and began regular fleet service.


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