Before putting out to sea, the vehicle engineers from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution decided to run some last-minute diagnostic tests on the AUVs, so they prepped the vehicle nick-named Mary Ann, checked her components and installed the electronic still camera. When she was ready to go, they rolled her out onto the Launch and Recovery System (LARS), and lowered her into Pago Pago harbor. The team ran Mary Ann continuously while they monitored her systems and tweaked her for maximum performance. Twelve hours later, the AUVs got the thumbs up from our engineers, and we were ready to set sail.

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