MV Carolyn Chouest
MV Carolyn Chouest with NR-1.
|Owner:||Edison Chouest Offshore|
|Builder:||North American Shipbuilding|
|In service:||as MV Carolyn Chouest in 1994|
|Status:||Currently in service|
|Notes:||Leased to the Military Sealift Command (MSC), contractor operated and controlled|
|Type:||ocean surveillance ship|
|Installed power:||two 12-cylinder Caterpillar diesel engines providing a total of 10,800 horsepower|
|Propulsion:||two Kort Nozzle variable pitch propellers|
MV Carolyn Chouest is a chartered submarine support ship for the U.S. Navy assigned to the Special Missions Program to support the NR-1 Deep Submergence Craft. She tows the NR-1 between work areas, serves as a floating supply warehouse and provides quarters for the extra crewmembers.
November 1999, Carolyn Chouest assisted recovery efforts after the EgyptAir Flight 990 airplane crash 60 miles south of Nantucket, MA. She provided underwater mapping of the debris field using the side-scan sonar and recorded underwater video of the site with the ROV Magnum.
February 2002, the Navy's special purpose research submarine NR-1 and Carolyn Chouest helped archeologists to chart the USS Monitor, the Navy's first ironclad warship, as she rest 250' below the sea. 
December 2006, the fast-attack submarine, USS Pittsburgh resurfaced during sea trials after a 25-year-old Portsmouth Naval Shipyard employee began having neurological problems. He was safely transferred to Carolyn Chouest and continued to receive treatment by Pittsburgh's corpsman until medevaced by a Coast Guard helicopter. 
March 2007, NR-1 and Carolyn Chouest under the direction of oceanographer Robert Ballard began mapping the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary to help scientists determine where early Americans might have lived when, at the height of the last ice age, sea levels were nearly 400 feet lower than they are today. 
- Global Security Org. "Chouest". http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/systems/ship/chouest.htm.
- David Rising (1999-11-20). "Robot Maps Wreckage In Crash Area". http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=19991120&slug=2996312. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- JO3 Braden Bilyeu (May 2002). "Carolyn Chouest and NR-1 explore naval history". http://www.msc.navy.mil/sealift/2002/May/history.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- "Submarine crew back on dry land". BBC News. 2004-10-11. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/3725970.stm. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- "Submarine Crewman Medevaced". Coast Guard News (.com). 2006-12-13. http://coastguardnews.com/submarine-crewman-medevaced/2006/12/14/. Retrieved 2008-10-14.
- Moises Velasquez-Manoff (2007-03-14). "High-tech undersea search for the first Americans". http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0314/p13s01-stgn.html. Retrieved 2008-10-13.
- NavSource Online: Service Ship Photo Archive - MV Carolyn Chouest
- Special Mission Program
- PM2 - Special Mission Support Force
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