A FockAndrew Fock, Head of the Alfred's Hyperbaric Service, and a commissioned Officer in the RANR, is elected a Fellow of "The Explorer's Club of New York". 

Founded in New York City in 1904, The Explorers Club promotes the scientific exploration of land, sea, air, and space by supporting research and education in the physical, natural and biological sciences. The Club's members have been responsible for an illustrious series of famous firsts: First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon.

Fellowship is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves by directly contributing to scientific knowledge in the field of geographical exploration or allied sciences. Such accomplishments usually are evidenced by scientific publications documenting fieldwork or explorations

 
Since 2006, Andrew Fock has been involved in the following expeditions

Date

Leader

EC Flag exp

Expedition

location

Depth 

msw

Description

2006

Y

N

KMS Erich Geise

Narvik Norway

75

Survey of German destroyer sunk in second battle of Narvik. Only second time diving permit granted on this wreck

2006

N

N

SS Cumberland

Eden NSW

100

Cargo ship sunk by German mine in WW1

2006

N

N

SS William Dawes

SE Coast NSW

125

Cargo ship sunk by Japanese Torpedo WW2

2007

Y

Y

HMS Prince of Wales and HMS Repulse

South China Sea

57-68

First complete Hull survey of damage of POW since WW2. Finding presented at Royal Institute of Marine Architects

2007

N

Y

HMAS AE 2

Turkey

74

Hull survey and archaeological report of condition of AE2,  Australian government Expedition

2008

Y

N

HMS Exeter, HrMs DeRuyter

Java Sea

70

Photo survey of Ships sunk in Battle of the Java Sea Feb 1942

2009

Y

N

HMAS Perth, Hr.Ms. Van Nes

Java Sea

20-40

Search for remains of Van Nes. Hull survey of Perth. Footage used by "In their footsteps" Documentary. 

2010

Y

N

HMS Hermes

Sri Lanka

58

British Aircraft carrier sunk by Japanese in 1942.  Article on expedition published in Australian Sport Diver,  International Wreck Diver Magazine

2010

Y

Y

HIJMS Haguro

Malaysia

70

Japanese Heavy Cruiser sunk in 1945 by British destroyers in the last surface action of WW2. EC Flag expedition and report

2011

N

N

Bikini Atoll

Marshall Islands

56

Operation Pedestal Nuclear test site (Able and Baker blasts) 

2012

Y

N

USS Atlanta

Solomon Islands

125

US Cruiser sunk during Guadalcanal campaign.1943.

 
The one which was probably most significant was the hull survey of HMS Prince of Wales which Andrew Fock led in 2007. POW was a brand new Battleship that was sent to Singapore in 1941 to deter the Japanese from invading Malaya. When the Japanese did invade, she and the Battlecuriser HMS Repulse were sent north to stop the invasion. Both were sunk in about an hour and a half by Japanese aircraft, the first time that fully worked up and manoeuvring Battleships had been sunk by aircraft. It is considered a pivotal moment in naval history. Given the depth, a comprehensive survey of the wrecks had never been done. The expedition did this and the findings on POW were not entirely what was expected and not what had previously been published in all the history books. The findings were analysed and then reported by William Garzke at the Royal Institute of Marine Architects and have subsequently been quoted in several Books on the subject.
The other expedition of note was the Survey Andrew Fock led of HMAS Perth, sunk in the Sunda Straits. The footage from this was used in the Shine Documentary series "In their Footsteps". last year.

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