A 37-year era came to an end Wednesday when the Navy’s last rescue submarine was taken out of service, replaced by a new system offering greatly improved flexibility.
The Mystic (DSRV 1) was a small, 49-foot-long minisub able to dive nearly a mile beneath the ocean’s surface to rescue sailors trapped in a sunken submarine. It was the first of two submersibles the Navy built following the 1963 loss of the submarine Thresher. The other deep submergence rescue vehicle, Avalon, was inactivated in 2000.
Neither Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle had to perform a rescue, but hopefully they were both kept busy on all sorts of clandestine missions as popular rumor says.
Here’s a pic of the Avalon attached to an attack boat:
The DSRV mission will now be filled by the new Submarine Rescue Diving and Recompression System (SRDRS)