Last week I posted the adventure of my Coast Guard, Lt. Son, Tommy and the wonderful time he had up in Alaska while he watch the winner of the Iditarod as he and his dog's came in. Then he landed on an ice runway in the little town of Diomede, Ak. to teach the local people boat safety. You can watch this on an up coming episode on the Discovery Channel.
Well, today I'm talking about Son #2, Eric.
(he is really my son-in-law but I feel he is my son)
Eric is a YNI, in the Coast Guard and has been stationed for the past three years in Guam.
His thrill this past month was to be on a Coast Guard Cutter that sat out in the So Pacific Ocean, being ready when needed by the entire crew of Titanic director James Cameron. While Cameron worked to reached the deepest part of the Pacific Ocean as part of his underwater solo submarine mission.
(My daughter did not know of the mission until after it was over but did say, "He was gone this week"?)
This week Eric was "Exploring the Sea"
Cameron left the tiny atoll of Ulithi in the Caroline Islands of the western Pacific Ocean on Saturday for the mission. His goal was to become the first human to visit the ocean's deepest point in more than 50 years, and to bring back data and specimens. He aimed to take 3-D images that could help scientists better understand the unexplored part of the Earth.
Located in the western Pacific east of the Philippines and an average of approximately 124 miles (200 kilometers) east of the Mariana Islands, the Mariana Trench is a crescent-shaped scar in the Earth’s crust that measures more than 1,500 miles (2,550 kilometers) long and 43 miles (69 kilometers) wide on average. The distance between the surface of the ocean and the trench’s deepest point—the Challenger Deep, which lies 62 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of the U.S. territory of Guam—is nearly 7 miles (11 kilometers). If Mount Everest were dropped into the Mariana Trench, its peak would still be more than a mile (1.6 kilometers) underwater.
The Mariana Trench
Yesterday it was announced, Avatar film director James Cameron has completed the world’s first solo dive to the deepest-known point on Earth, reaching the bottom of the Pacific Ocean’s Mariana Trench southwest of Guam in a specially designed submarine.
The filmmaker arrived at the site known as “Challenger Deep” shortly before 8 a.m. local time on Monday, reaching a depth of 35,756 feet, or roughly 7 miles beneath the ocean’s surface, said the National Geographic Society, which is overseeing the expedition.
As a mom I can't tell you how exciting it is for me to hear the stories from my boys and how their lives in the Coast Guard has taken them to their dreams of adventure. One Exploring the Sea and One Exploring Nome...
I'm also happy to say both of their missions turned out to be safe, for all involved.
"Semper Paratus Guys"
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