Overview of U.S. Military Support
Updated Dec. 4, 2017
Transition to Search and Recovery
Two U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft, the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) from the Undersea Rescue Command that assisted Argentina in the search for Argentine submarine, ARA San Juan, completed operations Nov 30. (See Press Release)
Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21
Continuing with the transition of operations to search and recovery, the U.S. Navy deployed the Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21 to support the ongoing Argentine search efforts onboard R/V Atlantis.
The CURV-21 is a 6,400-pound Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) that is designed to meet the U.S. Navy's deep ocean salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 feet of seawater, and is due to arrive in Argentina, Dec. 1.
Unmanned Underwater Vehicles
The U.S. Navy has deployed unmanned underwater vehicles (UUV) to join in the search. The equipment consists of one Bluefin 12D (Deep) UUV and three Iver 580 UUVs, which are operated by the U.S. Navy’s recently-established Unmanned Undersea Vehicle Squadron 1, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
Oceanographic Research Vessel R/V Atlantis
R/V Atlantis, an oceanographic research ship under charter with the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research, is taking part in the search. The ship brings advanced precision navigation, seafloor mapping sonar and satellite communications to the effort.
From Nov. 17 - 30, two U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon multi-mission maritime aircraft assisted in search efforts. The P-8A is the Navy’s newest maritime, patrol and reconnaissance aircraft and is configured with state-of-the-art sensors and communications equipment, allowing it to support a wide range of missions over large bodies of water, including sub-surface search-and-rescue operations.
From Nov. 18 - 30, two independent rescue assets from URC were deployed to assist:
- The Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and underwater intervention Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The SRC is a McCann rescue chamber designed during World War II and still used today. SRC can rescue up to six persons at a time and reach a bottomed submarine at depths of 850 feet.
- The Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM) and supporting equipment. The PRM can submerge up to 2,000 feet for docking and mating, with a submarine settled on the ocean floor up to 45-degree angle in both pitch and roll. The PRM can rescue up to 16 personnel at a time.