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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

C-Commando returns to Pearl Harbor for repairs to Scorpio II

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 17, 2001) -- The Motor Vessel C-Commando and Scorpio II returned to Pearl Harbor late Saturday night more than 24 hours after commencing operations off the coast of Oahu.

USS Salvor (ARS 52), with Deep Drone and side scan sonar, remains on station conducting operations.

Earlier Saturday evening, the deep submersible remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Scorpio II displayed an indication of a hydraulic problem. The ROV was raised from the ocean floor to assess the problem. When Scorpio II came to the surface, technical personnel discovered a "torn bladder on the tether."

Repair of the tear is expected to take less than 24 hours, and officials determined that repairs could be made more effectively in port than while underway.

Scorpio II located the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru Friday night, approximately nine hours after it began its search of the ocean floor. The initial sonar detection came at 11:25 p.m., and video imagery from the ROV positively identified the vessel as the Ehime Maru at 11:29 p.m. (HST).

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Revised: 2/17/01