As the years are passing by, Nelson realizes Seaview can't last forever, and wants a little insurance
that there will be a new Seaview to replace the old when there's no longer an option of keeping her seaworthy or her
crew, whichever comes first.
So with NIMR funding, along with a grant from Congress to help develop a 'new generation'
sub for the Navy, the sea trials of the new Seaview will help determine if the Navy will use the same design for it's new
For the trials of his new design, the boat will be manned by Seaview's original crew but will
have the addition of women aboard.
If sucessful, the new Seaview will be a training vessel for the Navy until the orig. Seaview is decommissioned
and set up as a museum ship at NIMR.