Rockwater 2 returns to reconfigure lifting frame assembly

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs

Oct. 7, 2001

Rockwater 2 will return to Honolulu Harbor late on Oct. 7 to re-rig the forward end of the top lifting frame from a single cable to a double cable lift configuration. That lifting and spreader assembly, which will be suspended above Ehime Maru, will distribute the vessel’s weight when it is lifted and transported to the shallow-water recovery site about 1 mile south of Honolulu International Airport’s Reef Runway. Rockwater 2 is expected to be in port for two to three days and then return to the deep-water recovery site.

After the initial lift on Oct. 5, Rockwater 2 attached the forward lifting plate to the bottom half of the spreader assembly. This bottom frame remains suspended above Ehime Maru at the deep-water recovery site.

Upon returning to the deep-water recovery site, Rockwater 2 will connect the top and bottom frames and then lift and transport Ehime Maru the roughly 14 nautical miles to the shallow-water site -- contingent on favorable weather conditions -- for diving operations to commence. The Navy will brief media on that phase and will notify media of the time and date of the brief in a separate advisory.
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Revised 10/07/01 at 12:57 p.m. (HST)