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Alfred Scott McLaren - Senior Pilot

Captain Alfred S. McLaren, USN, PhD., Director of Sub Aviator SystemsCaptain Alfred S. McLaren, USN (Ret.), Ph.D. is a Director of Sub Aviator Systems, LLC and Senior Pilot of the SAS Aviator submersible. He is also President Emeritus of The Explorers Club, founded in 1904 to promote scientific exploration and field research. A U. S. Naval Academy graduate and former nuclear submarine officer, he made three Arctic expeditions on nuclear attack submarines, that included the first submerged transit of the Northwest Passage, a Baffin Bay cruise, and a North Pole expedition that also completed the first survey under ice of the entire Siberian Continental Shelf (5,000 km).

Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under Ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS QueenfishHe commanded USS Queenfish (SSN-651) during the latter expedition and for a total of four years. He was subsequently honored with the Societe de Geographic Paris’ Silver Medal for Polar Exploration and La Medaille de La Ville De Paris (Echelon Argent). A veteran of more than 20 Cold War submarine operations, his awards, as a Cold War submarine captain, include the Distinguished Service Medal, the nation's highest peacetime award; two Legions of Merit and four Navy Unit Citations.

How the North Pole was Lost, Men's Journal July 2008
Men's Journal, July 2008

Currently a deep sea explorer and scientist, Captain McLaren completed lengthy dives using the Russian deep-diving MIR submersibles to: R.M.S. Titanic in 1999 and 2003, the Rainbow Hydrothermal Vents along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in 1999, and during June 2001; one of the first manned dives to the wreck of the German battleship Bismarck at a depth of 4,750 meters beneath the sea. He returned to Bismarck in early August 2002 to make a second dive and participate in a comprehensive high definition (HD) filming of the wreck site. He received The Explorers Club’s Lowell Thomas Medal for Ocean Exploration in 2000. He's the author of, Unknown Waters: A First-Hand Account of the Historic Under-ice Survey of the Siberian Continental Shelf by USS Queenfish

"Scientist at Work -- Alfred McLaren; Explorer of Arctic Depths Plans Another Trip North", by William J. Broad (Published: October 29, 2002, New York Times)

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