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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident


Additional repairs required to Scorpio II

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 18, 2001) -- This afternoon as Scorpio II was being latched to its support equipment on board the Motor Vessel C-Commando, the kevlar braiding on the tether broke. Kevlar braiding is the protective wrap that strengthens the tether. Repairs to the tether were estimated to take 24 hours.

The Motor Vessel C-Commando had returned to port late Feb. 17 to repair a one-foot tear in Scorpio II's tether. Further inspection revealed damage to one of Scorpio II's thrusters. The repairs to the earlier tear in the tether and thruster were complete at the time the kevlar braiding broke.

USS Salvor (ARS 52), equipped with Deep Drone and the side-scan sonar Shallow Water Intermediate Search System (SWISS), remains underway, on station in the vicinity of Ehime Maru.


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Revised: 2/18/01