Remotely Operated Lift System for Underwater Salvage.
Patent, Filed 19 Jul 96, Patented 13 Oct 98
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC
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The invention pertains to a system for retrieving undersea salvage items from a subsurface location. The system includes a flotation unit, winch, related remote control unit and a power supply mounted thereon, a winch, related remote control unit, and a power supply mounted on the support element. A cable or equivalent secured to the winch includes a retrieval harness or alternative means such as a shackle for securing the salvage item to the winch. A tether connects the system to a remote salvage tender on the surface. An adjustable and automatic stop is provided by the control unit to prevent certain types of salvage from rising beyond a desired depth or breaching the surface. Portions of the system used in magnetic mine retrieval are fabricated of non-magnetic material.
- Submarine Engineering