The hostile and dangerous underseas world became a little more safe for submarine with the launching on Saturday (24 January) of the U.
The hostile and dangerous underseas world became a little more safe for submarine with the launching on Saturday (24 January) of the U.S. Navy's first deep diving rescue submarine. The fifty-foot long, torpedo-shaped vessel has a maximum operating depth of 5,000 feet and is the primary element in a system which can respond quickly to a distress call anywhere in the world and rescue survivors of sunken submarines.
By joining its bell-shaped transfer shirt over the escape hatch of a submarine, the rescue sub can take aboard as many as 24 survivors on each dive and carry them to safety. To provide quick reaction to any submarine disaster, the rescue vessel and its supporting system would be airlifted at three C-141 jet transports anywhere in the world. Navy officials have said that the rescue submarine can also be used to rescue the underseas crewmen of foreign navies. U.S. Officials say the deep diving craft can perform the most exacting tasks of location, mating and rescue ever attempted. In addition the submarine was designed so it could be transported by airplanes, land vehicles and even "piggyback" aboard nuclear submarines.