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    Naval Undersea Museum Keyport hosts DSRV Day

    Naval Undersea Museum Keyport hosts DSRV Day

    Photo By Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Gaddis IV | 151010-N-EC099-024 KEYPORT, Wash. (Oct. 10, 2015) – Guests observe exhibits at the...... read more read more

    KEYPORT, Wash. -- The Naval Undersea Museum hosted the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) Day on site, Oct. 10.

    The event marks the first anniversary of DSRV 1 Mystic being curated at the museum.

    After two years of negotiations and logistics planning the museum received the submersible from San Diego.

    "This is a program I’ve wanted to do for almost five years,” said Mary Ryan, Naval Undersea Museum curator. “For those of you who are counting, that is four years longer than we’ve had Mystic here at the museum.”

    The celebration attracted many veterans from all over the U.S. who have served aboard either the Mystic or Avalon.

    "There was a lot of testing of the DSRV before it was accepted by the Navy”, said Ed Vaesa, an electrician’s mate veteran who served aboard DSRV 1 Mystic. “All the life-support systems stemmed from Apollo life systems.”

    DSRV pilots and crewmembers enriched the atmosphere by sharing their experiences with the submersibles.

    “I think the Mystic is a wonderful piece of technology,” said Clifford Cole, a machinist’s mate veteran who served aboard DSRV 1 Mystic. “But the real story lies with the crew, the people.”

    Dick Taylor, one of the guest speakers piloted the DSRV 2 Avalon.

    “I hope the audience came to the conclusion that the DSRVs were complex and cutting edge technology at the time,” said Taylor. “But I hope they also realize that it was the crew that made everything move and work.”

    Both DSRVs went into construction in the late 60’s and were put into official service in 1977. DSRV’s were the primary rescue system for submarines until 2008.

    “Nothing brings an artifact to life better than hearing from the people who used it and lived its history,” said Ryan. “It was such an honor to hear from so many service members who served aboard the DSRVs.”

    According to the Navy, DSRVs perform rescue operations on submerged, disabled submarines of the U.S. Navy or foreign navies.

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    Date Taken: 10.10.2015
    Date Posted: 10.13.2015 17:12
    Story ID: 178808
    Location: KEYPORT, WA, US 

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