Beach-based sailors, divers return from salvage operation off Eastern Shore

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 20, 2013 at 6:43 AM

Updated Tuesday, Aug 20 at 6:41 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH - It's homecoming day at Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story.

The crew of USNS Grasp and divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit Two were involved in the salvage of a 113th Wing D.C. Air National Guard jet that crashed August 1. 

Two F-16s clipped wings during training off Chincoteague. One pilot ejected and was rescued by an Elizabeth City, NC-based helicopter and the other was able to fly back to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

MDSU-2 has conducted salvage operations in support of TWA Flight 800, Swiss Air Flight 111, the space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, the I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapse in Minnesota, the Civil War ironclad USS Monitor and recovery of a downed military jet off the coast of Italy.

Grasp has approximately 110 noncombatant, U.S. Navy civilian-crewed ships that replenish U.S. Navy ships, conduct specialized missions, strategically preposition combat cargo at sea around the world, and move military cargo and supplies used by deployed U.S. forces and coalition partners.

 

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