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Rescue and Salvage Ship
255' x 50' x 15' 6"
2 x 25mm chain guns
2 x 50 cal machine guns
Crew: 6 officers, 94 enlisted
Dave Flinn 2016
Built by Peterson Builders at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconson. Laid down November 8, 1982 as the lead ship of the Safeguard Class Rescue and Salvage Ship. Launched November 12, 1983. Comissioned on August 17, 1985 in the U. S. Navy (USN) as USS Safeguard ARS-50.
Decommissioned on September 26, 2007 and that same day transfered to Military Sealift Command and recomissioned as USNS Safeguard (T-ARS-50).
During late October 2015, as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT), Safeguard arrived in Indonesia to conduct a training exercise on the shipwreck of USS Houston CA-30 with Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One (MDSU-1) with Indonesian Navy Divers.
During January 2016, Safeguard departed on an eighty-day mission departing from Subic Bay with with U. S. Navy divers from Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11, Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 1 (MDSU-1) with underwater archaeologist Richard Wills from DPAA on a mission to Papua New Guinea to support the Missing In Action (MIA) mission. During late January 2016, the vessel anchored off Kawa Island to investigate B-24D "Crosair" 41-23752. Afterwards, Safeguard traveled to Rabaul to conduct an underwater survey of Simpson Harbor and Blanche Bay directed by a contractor to search for MIA aircraft from World War II. Also, the vessel continued to dive and recover remains from the wreckage from the underwater crash site of TBF Avenger 24264.
Navy Vessel Register - USNS Safeguard (T-ARS 50)
US Navy Military Sealift Command - Rescue and Salvage Ships
US Navy Military Sealift Command - USNS Safeguard (via WaybackMachine March 7, 2009)
NavSource - USNS Safeguard T-ARS-50 (photos)
Facebook - Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One
US Embassy Port Moresby "Repatriation Ceremony Honors WWII American Servicemen" May 13, 2016
Dive Training May/June 2016 "WWII Wreck sites in South Pacific" page 13
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