To maintain technological and military secrecy, the US Navy deploys Salvage and Diving Teams (SUPSALV) that can recover personnel and aircraft from the ocean’s depths. These teams can also deal with pollution emergencies, towing, heavy lift search-and-rescue and recovery.


Hope Seck writing for Business Insider, makes the following points:
  • Recently, an  F/A-18 was recovered from a depth of nearly 2 miles.
  • Specialised commercial vessels are often hired to support operations.
  • SUPSALV submersible vehicles can operate to 20,000 feet, providing access to most of the globe. 
  • The recovery of aircraft allows the analysis of flight data.
  • SUPSALV divers’ entry test (with strict time limits) includes a 500-yard swim, 50 push-ups, 50 curl-ups, six pull-ups and a 1.5-mile run.


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