Russian Mini-sub Crew Rescued
Russian Mini-sub Crew Rescued
From U.S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs
Pearl Harbor -- (NNS)
August 8, 2005 -- A Russian mini-sub and its seven crew members were
successfully brought to the surface by an international rescue team sent to free
them Aug. 7. The crew members were alive, and their condition was evaluated by a
U.S. medical officer aboard the Russian ship.
In a period of only a few hours from the time of the incident, Russian, British
and U.S. resources were readied, deployed and brought to bear in a cooperative
effort to free the seven sailors trapped more than 600 feet below the surface
for two days.
Close, frequent communications from the very start of the operation between navy
officials in Russia, Britain, Japan and the United States greatly facilitated
the prompt and cooperative rescue efforts.
“The close team work and global coordination between our navies to rescue these
sailors in such a short time is testimony to the spirit and determination of our
nations,” said Adm. Gary Roughead, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.
In addition to the U.S. Navy doctor, three U.S. Navy divers supported the
British remotely operated vehicle (ROV) team aboard the Russian ship in the
rescue effort. The British ROV successfully cut the mini-sub free from fishing
nets, and the mini-sub was able to surface due to its own positive buoyancy.
Norfolk, Virginia -- (August 5, 2005) -- From right,
Chief of Staff, Allied Submarine Command, Capt. Dave Beyrodt; Chief Information
Systems Technician Tim Wies and Lt. Cmdr. Robert Getty man the watch floor of
the International Submarine Escape and Rescue Liaison Office (ISMERLO) in
response to a downed Russian mini-submarine off the Kamchatka Peninsula. Based
in Norfolk, Va., through its secure website and chat room, ISMERLO serves as the
international hub for information and coordination of submarine rescue.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Jensin W. Sommer
Petropovlosk, Russia -- (August 7, 2005) -- The remote
operated vehicle control center of U.S. Navy's Deep Submergence Unit is loaded
onto a Russian ship in Petropovlosk, Russia as part of the rescue mission of the
Russian mini-submarine AS-28 Priz. The Navy transported two "Super Scorpio"
remotely operated vehicles in an effort to assist the rescue of seven Russian
Sailors trapped on the ocean floor in a mini-submarine off the Kamchatka
Navy photo by Master Chief Electronics’ Technician
Charles T. Grandin
Bering Sea -- (August 7, 2005) -- Russian Sailors
evacuate their mini-submarine AS-28 Priz after surfacing in the Bering Sea. The
Sailors were trapped for three days in waters over 600 feet deep with dwindling
oxygen supplies. The U.S. Navy transported two "Super Scorpio" remotely operated
vehicles in an effort to assist the rescue of seven Russian Sailors trapped on
the ocean floor in a mini-submarine off the Kamchatka Peninsula.
U.S. Navy photo by Master Chief Electronics’
Technician Charles T. Grandin.