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Submarine Rescue Unit

By: Tammy Carnrike

Chamber COO Tammy Carnrike participated in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), a program sponsored by the Secretary of Defense for civilian public opinion leaders interested in growing their knowledge of the military and national defense issues. JCOC is the oldest existing Department of Defense outreach program having been held more than 81 times since its inception in 1948. Tammy spent five days in the Western U.S. visiting each branch of the U.S. military and learning about the readiness of the armed forces and our nation’s defense policies.

Our naval base experience ended with a briefing on the submarine rescue unit, which provided an amazing experience and learning opportunity.

The United States Navy has the ability to rescue submarine passengers, anywhere in the world, within 72 hours – that’s right, 72 hours is our goal.

Based on the briefing we received, the Navy has a unit that can rescue individuals in a submarine as deep as 2,000 feet. In order to provide the necessary relief, components are flown via aircraft to the closest air field. Then the components are assembled like a giant Tinkertoy. It is truly impressive.

Being available for rescue within 72 hours means flying with all the component parts and equipment and then assembling on site. once equipment is in place, the team can submerge and assess the situation. There is a dive suit that weighs more than 1500 pounds worn by a member of the team to be effective in the mission. The submarine rescue unit is primarily focused on humanitarian relief.

You will see by the photos below, equipment used to assist in the rescue and the equipment necessary to transfer people out of the sub.














I’m learning so much about our military services personnel that I never realized before.