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ShenHaiYiHao 1 - Deep Sea 1

The Deep Sea 1 will enter service in the first half of 2019 and along with China's manned submersible Jiaolong will make a global deep-sea scientific voyage, the first of its kind by China, starting in 2020, according to China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association, operator of the ship.

A new mother ship to replace the mother ship "Xiangyanghong 09" was estimated to be put into use in March 2019. It will be capable of carrying the three sub types together. Named after a mythical dragon, the manned submersible Jiaolong reached its deepest depth of 7,062 meters in the Mariana Trench in June 2012. "Hailong 2", which needs a wire to link to the support ship, can work at a maximum depth of 3,500 meters. Wireless "Qianlong 1" can operate at a depth of 6,000 meters.

The ship was built at Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group in Wuhan, Hubei province. When it was commissioned, it became the world's most advanced mother ship for manned submersibles. It is tasked with servicing the nation's major deep-sea submersibles, which include manned and robotic models. Deep Sea 1 is 90.2 meters long, 16.8 meters wide and displaces about 4,500 metric tons. It is able to sail more than 22,000 kilometers in a single mission and sustain a 60-day operation in any area of ocean.

The last time Jiaolong and Xiangyanghong 09 were used together was in 2017, when they conducted a 138-day expedition that started in February and concluded in June. After the trip, Xiangyanghong 09 was relieved of its role as the submersible's mother ship. The Deep Sea 1 will enter service in the first half of 2019 and along with China's manned submersible Jiaolong will make a global deep-sea scientific voyage, the first of its kind by China, starting in 2020, according to China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association, operator of the ship. The new vessel will become the country's first dedicated mother ship for submersibles and will service the nation's major deep-sea submersibles, including the manned Jiaolong and the robotic Hailong series, the association said. It was moved into water on 10 December 2018 at Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group in Wuhan, Hubei province, which means the construction would soon come to an end and sea trials will begin.

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