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Rescue and Salvage Ships

Rescue and Salvage Ships

Conduct salvage, diving, towing, off-shore firefighting, heavy lift operations and theater security cooperation missions.


Length: 255 ft
Beam: 51 ft
Displacement: 3,336 tons
Speed: 14 knots
Civilian: 26
Military: 4
Additional 48 (max)



USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51)
USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52)

Ship Photos

Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, Company 1-6, embarked aboard the Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) work to complete a heavy lift of a 30 ton wrecked Korean vessel as part of Salvage Exercise (SALVEX) 2015. The heavy lift was the culmination of a two-week bilateral exercise between U.S. Navy divers and Republic of Korea (ROK) navy divers which focused on reinforcing teamwork and interoperability between the U.S. and ROK navies while giving Sailors the opportunity to sharpen their tactical skills. (U.S. Navy photo by Navy Diver 2nd Class Blake Florhe/Released)
USNS Grasp
U.S. Navy file photo of the Military Sealift Command Safeguard-class salvage ship USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52).
The Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Grasp is at anchor in the Port-Au-Prince harbor as divers work on the city's pier, March 16, 2010. Divers embarked aboard Grasp and divers from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 2 are repairing the pier after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Port-Au-Prince area Jan. 12, 2010.

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