The Oscar Elton Sette is a ship operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This former U.S. Navy ship was transferred to NOAA in 1992 and is used as a research vessel. It’s equipped with multiple options for the collection of specimens as well as being set up to conduct operations involving up to four divers.
The ship is named after Oscar Elton Sette, who was the first director of the Honolulu Laboratory of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
In the photo, the ship was off the west coast of the Big Island, engaged in a survey of bottom fish.
For more information about the vessel Oscar Elton Sette, go to www.omao.noaa.gov/learn/marine-operations/ships/oscar-elton-sette.