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NEWS | March 13, 2009

Navy Responds to Environmental Threat

By Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communications Naval Sea Systems Command Office

Naval Sea System Command's (NAVSEA) Supervisor of Salvage and Diving (SUPSALV) supported the removal of more than 10,000 gallons of fuel starting March 9 near historic St. George, Alaska.

NAVSEA assisted the United States Coast Guard by providing offload hoses and pumping system components after the 112-feet fishing vessel Mar-Gun went aground March 5. The recovery operations are ongoing.

"It was important that we respond quickly in that area since the fur seal, marine mammals and archaeological sites and other natural resources were at risk," said Michael Herb, director of salvage operations for SUPSALV.

SUPSALV is responsible for all aspects of ocean engineering, including salvage, oil pollution response, in-water ship repair, contracting, towing, diving safety, and equipment maintenance and procurement.