The Savannah River is an 18-mile stretch of water that connects the Port of Savannah to the Atlantic Ocean. The dive site location controls when and how the team goes about the recovery process.
"The environment in the Savannah River is unique," said Potts. "With the strong current, civilian and commercial boat traffic, and the Georgia weather in July, we have had challenges, but with careful planning, we came prepared to meet those challenges."
MDSU-2 and EODMU-6 conducted training throughout May and June to prepare for the CSS Georgia salvage operation. During this time, the units had to build cohesion between the two different groups. The team also trained to familiarize themselves with the equipment they are using, and the murky conditions of the river.
"The first couple of days we worked out the kinks, and now we are all really settling into a nice groove," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Justin Wallace, assigned to MDSU-2. "Everybody really knows their job, and we are working together flawlessly."
The team is utilizing high-tech sonar, underwater imaging equipment and a variety of modern-day dive equipment, but the historical importance of the mission isn't lost in a slew of technology.
I'm just really proud of my Sailors, and we are all very proud to work on this piece of history," said Potts.
Navy divers are in the water every day, throughout the world, performing a diverse array of mission sets. With 2015 serving as The Year of the Military Diver, the CSS Georgia is a perfect illustration of their capabilities as they dive into history.
U.S. Navy EOD is the world's premier combat force for countering explosive hazards and conducting expeditionary diving and salvage.