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USS Greeneville (SSN 772) incident

Scorpio to launch when weather permits

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs


PEARL HARBOR (Feb. 14, 2001) -- C-Commando returned to port approximately 2 o'clock this afternoon after getting underway this morning at about 7:20 with the Remotely Operated Vehicle, Scorpio II onboard. C-Commando transited to the vicinity of the sunken vessel Ehime Maru off Diamond Head, but sea conditions prohibited the launch of Scorpio. Waves were estimated at 8-to-12 feet and were breaking across the aft working deck of the ship. These conditions prohibited personnel from working safely. C-Commando will get underway again at the first sign that weather conditions will permit safe operations.

Scorpio is operated by a team of 26 personnel from the Underwater Vehicles Detachment of the Deep Submergence Unit in Coronado, Calif. This team is trained to use Scorpio for survey operations using onboard sonar and two video cameras. Two hydraulic manipulator arms have limited recovery capability.

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Revised: 2/14/01