Guam – China’s manned submersible the “Jiaolong” has wrapped up a series of 6 deep sea dives into the Marianas Trench and the vessel and its 3-man crew are now headed home aboard their mother ship, the XiangYangHong 09.
The “Jiaolong” made its 6th and final dive Sunday reaching yet another new Chinese deep dive record of 7,062 meters or 23,169 feet.
The 3 man crew that piloted the “Jiaolong” are Ye Cong, Cui Weicheng and Yang Bo.
[L-R: The 3 divers manning the Jiaolong are Cui Weicheng, Ye Cong and Yang Bo. (Xinhua/Luo Sha)]
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service told PNC News that the Chinese are diving in an area of the Mariana Trench that lies within the waters of the Federated States of Micronesia, in the area of the Challenger Deep, which is the deepest known area of all the world’s oceans.
The Challenger Deep lies south of the U.S. administered Mariana Trench National Marine Monument, which falls under the jurisdiction of U.S. Fish and Wildlife.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Project Leader Susan White told PNC News that they, along with the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA are aware of the Chinese expedition and are monitoring it.