MDSU-1 Conducts Survey of Rogue Buoy

Story Number: NNS120723-09Release Date: 7/23/2012 1:07:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Daniel Meshel, Enterprise Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs

USS ENTERPRISE, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS James E. Williams (DDG 95) hosted Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 1 (MDSU-1), Company 1-5, as they conducted a salvage survey of a mooring buoy found adrift in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, July 18.

MDSU-1 was tasked by Commander, Task Force (CTF) 56 to conduct the survey, a visual and photographic inspection above and below water, as the buoy poses a navigational hazard to nearby vessels.

"The buoy is a hazard to navigation," said Senior Chief Navy Diver William Phillips, master diver of Company 1-5. "We'll take the salvage survey back and develop a plan to remove the hazard to ensure U.S. naval, foreign-allied and shipping vessels are not damaged."

James E. Williams supported MDSU-1, Company 1-5, by hosting and transporting members via rigid-hull inflatable boat to the buoy, where they were able to conduct the survey.

"We inspect for anti-terrorism force protection (ATFP), structural integrity, and associated equipment attached to the buoy to ensure it's safe to salvage," said Phillips. "We're also looking for identifying marks to locate proper ownership of the buoy and accompanying items."

MDSU-1, based out of Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, is able to rapidly deploy at a moment's notice anywhere in the world to conduct a wide variety of dive operations.

"We're capable of performing salvage, underwater cutting and welding, emergency ship's husbandry, towing, harbor clearance and underwater demolition," said Phillips.

MDSU-1 is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

James E. Williams is deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and supporting missions as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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USS James E. Williams transits the Red Sea.
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June 22, 2012
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