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DSRV Mystic departs for PACIFIC REACH

SUBPAC Release

Release Date: 5/6/2004


NAVAL BASE CORONADO -- The Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Mystic was loaded onto a transport plane and flown to South Korea this weekend to participate in Pacific Reach 2004. The U.S. Navy will join with the navies from South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Australia for Pacific Reach 2004 that runs through May 13 in Jinhae, South Korea.

The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS LAJOLLA (SSN 701) and the rescue and salvage ship USS SAFEGUARD (ARS 50) will also be participating in the exercise. Nations observing the exercise are Canada, China, Chile, France, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, the United Kingdom and Vietnam.

Pacific Reach 2004 is the third in a series of bi-annual exercises designed to promote cooperation and interoperability in the area of submarine rescue, enhancing the ability to provide mutual humanitarian assistance in the unlikely event a submarine becomes disabled and is not able to return to the surface on its own. The exercise will provide participating navies the opportunity to work with each other and address the unique needs, capabilities, and operational challenges inherent in the large area covered by the Pacific Ocean with operating temperatures and weather conditions ranging from arctic to tropical.

DSRV Mystic was originally designed to give the United States Navy a primary submarine escape capability. Its mission is to provide a quick reaction, worldwide, all-weather capability to rescue personnel from disabled submarines at depths up to 2,000 ft. The DSRV has a maximum operating depth of approximately 5,000 ft.

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