Naval Sea Systems Command’s Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) embedded with Commander, Task Group 42.1 on board USNS Grasp (T-ARS 51) Jan. 18 to support port clearance and harbor re-opening in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
The surveys are part of the U.S. Navy’s disaster response to the 7.0 earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12. Cargo has begun flowing through Port-au-Prince’s south pier terminal. Assessments of the pier and fuel terminal structures and approaches are ongoing.
SUPSALV’s efforts, in conjunction with Mobile Diving Salvage Unit 2 and Underwater Construction Team 1, are designed to restore harbor operations as quickly as possible, enabling humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to be provided in support of Operation Unified Response.
SUPSALV is responsible for all aspects of ocean engineering, including salvage, diving, oil pollution response, underwater ship repair, towing and heavy lift.
From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications