What did you do before joining DOS?
Prior to joining DOS, I have a long career in the French Navy with a specialization in the search for objects on the seabed (mine countermeasures warfare)
After a specialization in acoustic detection and mine hunting; my last position led me to work at CEPHISMER* as ROV supervisor (ventilation of sub-marines in distress, expertise, wreck recovery, black box recovery).
How did you join DOS?
I was contacted by a retired French Navy officer who had already joined the company. After 28 years of service to the state, and based on my experience, the time had come to explore other aspects of this business.
After leaving the Navy in August 21st, 2010, I embarked seven days later on board DOS’s ship the John Lethbridge
Why are still working for DOS?
Working here is an unique opportunity to invest in an unusual adventure.
This is also the opportunity to use state of the art equipment and to contribute to this challenge which is deep ocean research.
Imagine a towed sonar, 8,000m behind you and 6,000m under your feet flying 150m above the seabed with a positioning accuracy to within just a few meters, seeking out the unknown in the middle of an empty ocean so far away from any human activity.
Imagine also a “flying” ROV moving around a wreck on her final resting place at 5800m depth and to re-discover her history a few decades after her loss.
Imagine also a cosmopolitan crew embarked on a ship, united in the same joys and the same problems, as in a family.
Imagine all this and you will understand what my job is (6 month per year only!): Fascinating and exciting…
*CEPHISMER: Cellule d’Expertise Plongée Humaine et Intervention Sous la MER