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defueled reactor compartment (right) is shown separated from the rest of the submarine. Once separated, special steel bulkheads are attached to both ends

This is a view of the torpedo room of the Seawolf class fast attack submarine Jimmy Carter as seen at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., Friday, Feb. 18, 2005. The Jimmy Carter, the last of the Seawolf class boats, is to be commissioned Saturday, Feb. 19, 2005. (AP Photo/Bob Child)

Torpedo room, Seawolf class fast attack sub (USS Jimmy Carter) [Image]

Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Mystic (DSRV-1) mounted aft on USS La Jolla SSN-701.  Mystic was specifically designed to fill the need for an improved means of rescuing the crew of a submarine immobilized on the ocean floor. It can operate independent of surface conditions or under ice for rapid response to an accident anywhere in the world.

Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle Mystic mounted aft on USS La Jolla an improved means of rescuing the crew of a submarine immobilized on the ocean floor.

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The Los Angeles class submarine USS Helena (SSN gets underway from Submarine Base New London

USS Indiana entering San Francisco Bay, September 29 1945.

USS Indiana entering San Francisco Bay at the war's end (September

The Avalon, launched in 1972, is a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV).  It is the second of two identical submersibles built as a result of the tragic USS Thresher accident in 1963.  The loss of the nuclear submarine Thresher and all crew highlighted the need for the Navy to develop a dependable, rapid deployment rescue system for downed submarines.

The Avalon, launched in is a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV).

Submarine Escape Training Tower. Went through this training tower when I was in the navy.

Submarine Escape Training Tower. Saw this everyday when I was a kid on the Navy base in Groton, CT

Bow portside view of the moored USS Bowfin (SS-287) at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USS Bowfin became one of the most successful USN submarines of the Second World War and survived the war, becoming a floating museum.

Bow portside view of the moored USS Bowfin at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. USS Bowfin became one of the most successful USN submarines of the Second World War and survived the war, becoming a floating museum.

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Washtucna nudges the Los Angeles class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS La Jolla into her berth outboard of the 594 class attack submarine USS Plunger at Sub Base San Diego, 1 July In the background is the submarine tender USS Dixon .

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