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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Salvage decision to be based on technical feasibility

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 19, 2001) -- The Government of Japan has requested the Ehime Maru be salvaged. The U.S. Government will make a decision on the salvage of the Ehime Maru based solely on technical feasibility.

A survey of the vessel is currently being conducted to collect data to determine the technical feasibility of salvaging it. This survey commenced Feb. 16 and is expected to take several days. The analysis of the survey data and the development of salvage options available, if any, are expected to take several weeks.

These time frames are approximate and are subject to change.

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Revised: 2/19/01