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Vince Capone

Vince is an expert in marine technology, with over 30 years of worldwide hydrographic and underwater search & survey operational experience. As a sonar operator, ROV pilot, and hydrographer, he has located shipwrecks & downed aircraft, mapped aquatic habitats, and found and surveyed submerged hazardous waste drums.  


He is recognized as a side scan sonar subject matter (SME) regularly designing and conducting training seminars for the U.S. Navy, law enforcement, fire rescue, and other agencies. 


A few of his exploits include:


  • Conducted the first high-resolution multibeam survey of the San Francisco Bay shipping channel in conjunction with NOAA.

  •    Assisted the US Navy and Johns Hopkins University APL in supporting the MK 18 UUV program. 

  • Operations manager for the search and recovery of Apollo 11 rocket motors from over 14,000 fsw. 

  • Helped the U.S. Navy supervisor of salvage with debris search operations for the space shuttle Columbia. 

  • Located the previously undiscovered German U-boat U-215 with National Geographic International’s “Sea Hunters.”

  • Team member/sonar operator Batteau Below discovered and surveyed America’s oldest intact warship, the Lake GeorgeRadeau, 

  • Located submerged hazardous waste drums as sonar operator onboard the USEPA vessel Peter W. Anderson

  • Assisted with location and recovery of a US Border Patrol drone from 4,000 fsw.

He is the author of over 30 military and commercial marine technology training videos, including the Black Laser 2nd edition Not in the Manual Guide® to Sonar Image Interpretation, with over 1000 copies worldwide.


Vince has worked with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NOAA, the U.S. Navy, the Irish Navy, the South Korean Navy, Montenegrin Navy, Cambodian Mine Action Centre, Golden West, the Israeli Navy as well as numerous legal and commercial entities in a wide variety of underwater investigations. He has also been a sonar instructor for the Royal Canadian Mounties, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force, and numerous other federal, state, and local law enforcement/fire rescue personnel.

Presentation: Tuesday, October 11th


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