Divers repair spreader assembly

U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
Oct. 31, 2001

Navy divers have successfully repaired the spreader assembly by installing new flotation device restraining straps. Scuba divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit One entered the water Oct. 31 at 9 a.m. and installation of the new straps was completed at 10 a.m.

The corrosion on these straps, which hold the buoyant devices in position, had rendered a potentially unsafe condition for surface supplied diving operations. Surface supplied diving operations were temporarily suspended until repairs were completed. The Navy resumed surface supplied diving operations at 10:10 a.m. after determining that all safety requirements were met.
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Revised 10/31/01 at 12:20 p.m. (HST)