Military Sealift Command rescue and salvage ship USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50) relieved USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) of duties in the 7th Fleet area of responsibility, June 12.
Safeguard relieved Salvor after completing a three-month depot repair period in Singapore to improve its material condition readiness.
Both ships transited to Subic Bay, Philippines to conduct the turnover. Safeguard will support Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) Philippines with a diving and salvage exchange at the end of the month.
Safeguard and Salvor transferred diving and salvage gear assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1 throughout five days of turnover. Approximately 17 divers are embarked aboard Safeguard to complement the 30 civilian mariners that make up the ship’s crew. The divers and crew aboard Safeguard regularly conduct salvage, diving, towing, heavy lift operations and theater security cooperation missions for 7th Fleet, including most phases of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) in South and Southeast Asia.
This year, Safeguard will support seven CARAT exercises and a Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) mission in Cambodia.
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