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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Navy commences search operation

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


PEARL HARBOR, HAWAII -- The Navy commenced search operations today for the sunken vessel Ehime Maru. USS Greeneville (SSN 772) collided with Ehime Maru on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 9, about nine miles south of Oahu. The vessel sank in about 1,800 feet of water.

The Navy Unmanned Vehicle Detachment of the Navy's Deep Submergence Unit located in Coronado, Calif., deployed to Hawaii the remotely operated vehicle Scorpio II and its operating team of about 24 active duty Navy members.

This team is hosted on the Motor Vessel C Commando, a vessel under contract by the Navy and located in Pearl Harbor. The ship is 220-feet long and 56-feet wide with a crew of 10 civilians.

Additionally, a 7,200-foot depth rated remotely operated vehicle called "Deep Drone" is being transported from the U.S. East Coast for use in the operation. It will be hosted on the auxiliary rescue and salvage ship USS Salvor (ARS 52), homeported in Pearl Harbor.

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Revised: 2/14/01