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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 operated in Simpson Harbor off Rabaul in Papua New Guinea (PNG) with a team of U. S. Navy divers led by JPAC underwater archaeologist Dr. Andrew Pietruszka. During a two month mission, anchored near TBF Avenger 24264 to conducted an underwater investigation then lifted the wreckage out of the water to recover remains aboard the vessel. Afterwards, the wreckage was placed back into Simpson Harbor at roughly the same location it crashed to the west of the Rabaul Yacht Club.
During January to February 2018, Salvor operated in Palau with a team from Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) with Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1). During this mission, Salvor 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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