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Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle - DSRV

 
Description
Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles perform rescue operations on submerged, disabled submarines of the U.S. Navy or foreign navies.
 
Features
DSRVs are designed for quick deployment in the event of a submarine accident. DSRVs are transportable by truck, aircraft, ship, or by specially configured attack submarine. At the accident site, the DSRV works with either a "mother ship" or a "mother submarine." The DSRV dives, conducts a sonar search, and attaches to the disabled submarine's hatch. DSRVs can embark up to 24 personnel for transfer to the "mother" vessel.

The DSRV also has an arm to clear hatches on a disabled submarine and a combined gripper and cable cutter. The gripper is able to lift 1,000 pounds.
 
Background
DSRVs were developed as a result of the USS Thresher submarine accident in 1963, when all hands were lost. At the time, submarine operating depths greatly exceeded the capabilities of rescue vessels. The Deep Submergence Systems Project contracted with Lockheed Missiles and Space Co. to produce a deep diving rescue submarine, the first of which was launched in 1970.
 
Point Of Contact
Commanding Officer
Attention: Code D745
NCCOSC RDTE Division
53560 Hull Street
San Diego, Calif. 92152-5001
 
General Characteristics, DSRV
Builder: Lockheed Missiles and Space Co., Sunnyvale, CA.
Propulsion: Electric motors, silver/zinc batteries, one shaft, 15 shaft horsepower, four thrusters, 7.5 horsepower.
Length: 49 feet (15 meters).
Beam: 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Displacement: 8 feet (2.4 meters).
Speed: 4 kts.
Depth: Maximum: 5,000 feet (1524 meters).
Crew: Two pilots, two rescue personnel and the capacity for 24 passengers.
Electronics: Sonar: Search and navigation.
Ships:
Mystic (DSRV 1), No homeport
Avalon (DSRV 2), No homeport
 
Last Update: 15 August 2014
 
 
Photo: DSRV-1 Mystic aboard USS La Jolla