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  USS Salvor (USNS Salvor) (ARS-52, T-ARS-52)
Safeguard Class
Rescue and Salvage Ship

3,282 Tons
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

Ship History
Built by Peterson Builders at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconson. Laid down September 16, 1983. Launched July 28, 1984. Comissioned June 14, 1986 as USS Salvor, the third vessel in the Safeguard class of rescue and salvage ships along with USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51), USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50) and USNS Grapple (T-ARS-53).

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.

Navy Vessel Register - USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 52)
US Navy Military Sealift Command - Rescue and Salvage Ships
US Navy Military Sealift Command - USNS Salvor via WaybackMachine March 7, 2009
NavSource - USNS Safeguard T-ARS-52 (photos)
Facebook - Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One
Live Science "Remains of US Pilot from WWII Found at the Bottom of Pacific Ocean" March 5, 2018
Fox News "Remains of US pilot from WWII found at the bottom of Pacific Ocean" March 9, 2018

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Last Updated
August 18, 2018


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