Vincent J. Capone, Jr., M.Sc., FN89

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Vince Capone is an expert media source on the following topics:

  • Underwater Investigations
  • Underwater Aircraft Search and Recovery
  • Underwater Search Operations
  • Underwater Victim Search Operations
  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)
  • Underwater Law Enforcement Remote Sensing
  • Side Scan Sonar
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shipwreck Investigations
  • Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs)

Quick Facts:

  • Over 30 years experience in marine search, survey and recovery operations.
  • Expert in mapping operations as well as data analysis.
  • Marine operations project manager.
  • Regularly conducts training seminars for the U.S. Navy as well as law enforcement and commercial clients worldwide.
  • Has participated in some of the world's most famous shipwreck/deepwater salvage operations, including the search for the Space Shuttle Columbia debris, the Apollo F-1 engine recovery, the German Uboat U-215 and the Lake George Radeau, America's oldest intact warship.
  • Has acted as an expert witness and technical expert on search operations and survey data.
  • Producer and author of over ten marine technology training programs on DVD.
  • Author and co-author of scientific writings.
  • Sought-after speaker, giving customized layperson and science presentations to the general public, educators, technical and professional organizations and schools
  • Participated in underwater TV documentaries (on-screen and off), including two of the most popular North American series, National Geographic's The Sea Hunters and the Smithsonian Channel's Dive Detectives.
  • Fellow of the International Explorer's Club

Media Biography

Mr. Capone assisted with the recovery of Apollo 11 F1 rocket motors from over 14,000 fsw in 2013 and supported the U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage with debris search operations for the space shuttle Columbia. In 2004, he located the previously undiscovered U-215 German Uboat for National Geographic International’s “Sea Hunters” TV series. In 1990, Mr. Capone located the Lake George Radeau, America’s oldest intact warship which is now an underwater historic park.

Mr. Capone’s experience spans over 30 years of worldwide hydrographic and underwater search and survey operations. He is an expert in side scan sonar search operations/image interpretation and regularly conducts training seminars for the U.S. Navy as well as law enforcement and commercial clients. His expertise also includes both single and multi-beam hydrographic surveys, ROV operations, as well as magnetometer and subbottom surveys. Mr. Capone has acted as an expert witness and technical expert on the aforementioned topics, having conducted numerous search and survey operations.

He is aregular instructor at the US Naval Surface and Mine Warfare Development Center .

He is also noted instructor of sonar systems as well as an expert in sonar image interpretation and the many types of sonar processing and acquisition software. He is the author of the Black Laser Learning's 2nd edition Not in the Manual Guide® to Sonar Image Interpretation of which over 830 copies are in circulation worldwide. He is a special consultant to the U.S. Navy, teaching sonar analysis techniques and mine identification. That training includes developing a military version of his Black Laser Learning® sonar training program on DVD which is being distributed to all forward units. Vince is also been instrumental in the latest Navy online sonar training by providing sonar analysis techniques for incorporation into the computerized training program.

He has been awarded numerous Navy contracts to develop  training programs for the MK 18 family of systems sonars as well as consulting on sonar operations utilizing UUVs (unmanned underwater vehicles).  Mr. Capone has worked with organizations such as 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 (National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration), the U.S. Navy, the Irish Navy, the South Korean Navy and 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, East Baton Rouge Sheriff's office, Suffolk County Marine Police, Medicine Hat Aquatic Rescue Team, Lake Charles Sheriff's office and other law enforcement personnel.










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