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Rescue and Salvage Ships T-ARS

Three rescue and salvage ships are operated by Military Sealift Command to render assistance to disabled ships, provide towing, salvage, diving, firefighting and heavy lift capabilities to the Fleet. A fourth ship will transfer to MSC operation in September 2007.
The mission of the rescue and salvage ships is four-fold: to debeach stranded vessels, heavy lift capability from ocean depths, towing of other vessels, and manned diving operations. For rescue missions, these ships are equipped with fire monitors forward and amidships which can deliver either firefighting foam or sea water. The salvage holds of these ships are outfitted with portable equipment to provide assistance to other vessels in dewatering, patching, supply of electrical power and other essential service required to return a disabled ship to an operating condition.
The U.S. Navy has responsibility for salvaging U.S. government-owned ships and, when it is in the best interests of the United States, privately-owned vessels as well. The rugged construction of these steel-hulled ships, combined with speed and endurance, make these rescue and salvage ships well-suited for rescue/salvage operations of Navy and commercial shipping throughout the world. The versatility of this class of ship adds immeasurably to the capabilities of the U.S. Navy with regard to rendering assistance to those in peril on the high seas.
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General Characteristics, Safeguard Class
Builder: Peterson Builders.
Propulsion: Four Caterpiller 399 Diesels, two shafts, 4,200 horsepower
Length: 255 feet (77.7 meters).
Beam: 51 feet (15.5 meters).
Displacement: 3,282 tons (3,334.67 metric tons) full load.
Draft: 16 feet 9 inches (5.11 meters).
Speed: 14 knots (16.1 miles, 25.8 km, per hour).
Range: 8,000 miles (12,872 km) at 8 knots (14.8 km/hr.; 9.2 mph).
Depth: Diving Depth: 190 feet (57.9 meters), using air.
Crew: 26 civil service mariners, 4 Navy personnel.
Load: Salvage capability: 7.5-ton capacity boom forward; 40-ton capacity boom aft. Heavy lift: Capable of a hauling force of 150 tons.
USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50 ), No homeport - Transferred to MSC Sept. 26, 2007.
USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51)
USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52), No homeport
USNS Grapple (T-ARS 53), No homeport
Last Update: 22 March 2012