US Navy Transitions to Search and Recovery in Search for ARA San Juan

07 December 2017

As the mission has shifted to a search-and-recovery operation for Argentine submarine ARA San Juan , the US Navy (USN) has deployed the Cable operated Unmanned Recovery Vehicle (CURV) 21 to support the efforts onboard R/V Atlantis , USN officials have announced.

The CURV-21 is a 6,400-lb Remotely Operated Vehicle designed to meet the US Navy’s deep ocean salvage requirements down to a maximum depth of 20,000 ft of seawater, and is due to arrive in Argentina on 1 December, the officials said.

The two US Navy P-8A Poseidon aircraft, the Submarine Rescue Chamber (SRC) and the Pressurized Rescue Module (PRM), from the Undersea Rescue Command (URC) that were assisting Argentina in the search for San Juan , completed operations on 30 November.

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