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Rescue and Salvage Ship
255' x 50' x 15' 6"
2 x 25mm chain guns
2 x 50 cal machine guns
Crew: 6 officers, 94 enlisted
Dave Flinn 2015
Decommissioned on January 19, 2007 and that same day transfered to Military Sealift Command (MSC) and recomissioned as USNS Salvor (T-ARS-52).
During January 2015, Salvor anchored near this site for a two month mission with U. S. Navy divers led by JPAC underwater archaeologist Dr. Andrew Pietruszka surveyed TBF Avenger 24264 and conducted an underwater investigation then lifted the wreckage out of the water to recover remains aboard the vessel. During the lifting, the cockpit drained out. Afterwards, the wreckage was placed back into Simpson Harbor at roughly the same location, west of the Rabaul Yacht Club.
During January to February 2018, Salvor with a team from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) with a team from Mobile Diving and Salvage Company anchored on a fighter aircraft that crashed in 1944 found near Arakabesan Island (Ngerekebesang) in Palau. The team spent weeks excavating the area in search of remains, lifting sand to the surface.
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