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    SUPSALV / MDSU ONE Team up to Protect American Samoa Marine Environment. 
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The US Navy, in support of US Coast Guard, has assembled a team of Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) and environmental response specialists from NAVSEA 00C, SUPSALV’s Emergency Ship Salvage Material (ESSM) Base, EPA, and Coast Guard to survey EX-USS CHEHALIS’ tanks and make an assessment of the petroleum products remaining onboard.  The above picture shows the team explaining their operations to Governor Tulafono, in straw hat, onboard their barge in Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa.   On Wednesday, April 29th, Governor Tulafono’s office released the following:
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OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – AMERICAN SAMOA<BR><BR>
PRESS RELEASE<BR><BR>
(for immediate release – Wednesday, April 29, 2009)<BR><BR>

Office: (684) 633-4116 - Fax: (684) 633-2269 - Cell: (684) 733-4680<BR><BR>
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Gov. Togiola visits USS Chehalis divers on barge off Oil Dock<BR><BR>
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(UTULEI) – Governor Togiola Tulafono today visited the team of divers off the Oil Dock in Utulei who are assessing the condition and fuel load of the USS Chehalis, which burned, capsized and sank on October 7, 1949.
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Governor Togiola went aboard the barge that is being used by Navy Divers, Coast Guard personnel and ship salvage workers for the project --which is moored approximately 300 feet from the Oil Dock, and directly about 100 feet above where the sunken vessel lies.
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Governor Togiola was briefed on the project and updated on the latest technology on marine depth search equipment.
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“I want to express the sincere gratitude of the people and government of American Samoa to all those who are making a big contribution to this project and taking extra caution, that if there is fuel aboard, it would be properly removed and thereby saving our harbor and marine life,” said Governor Togiola. “I am very impressed with the team that I have met, and I am very fascinated with their work and job that they are doing. So, I wish to thank Commander Michael Day and the Pacific Strike Team, Chief Warrant Officer – Navy Diver Chris Lehner and Navy Master Diver Scott Valentine of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit -1, Ron Worthington of Emergency Ship Salvage Material, Kemp Skudin of Navy Ship Salvage, and all those that are taking part in these efforts on Pago Pago Harbor. We take pride in our harbor and it is a wonderful feeling that we have the help from some great people who have come to ensure that there is no fuel in the tanks of the 60 year-old sunken Chehalis.”
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Governor Togiola also acknowledged the kind assistance of Lieutenant Troy Luna, Detachment Supervisor of the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in American Samoa, and the US Coast Guard National Pollution Fund for paying for the clean up of the USS Chehalis.
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The team of divers arrived last Thursday, April 23rd, and will depart on May 10th.
     

    SUPSALV / MDSU ONE Team up to Protect American Samoa Marine Environment.

    The US Navy, in support of US Coast Guard, has assembled a team of Divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) ONE and Southwest Regional Maintenance Center (SWRMC) and environmental response specialists from NAVSEA 00C, SUPSALV’s Emergency Ship Salvage Material (ESSM) Base, EPA, and Coast Guard to survey EX-USS CHEHALIS’ tanks and make an assessment of the petroleum products remaining onboard. The above picture shows the team explaining their operations to Governor Tulafono, in straw hat, onboard their barge in Pago Pago Harbor, American Samoa. On Wednesday, April 29th, Governor Tulafono’s office released the following:

    OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR – AMERICAN SAMOA

    PRESS RELEASE

    (for immediate release – Wednesday, April 29, 2009)

    Office: (684) 633-4116 - Fax: (684) 633-2269 - Cell: (684) 733-4680


    Gov. Togiola visits USS Chehalis divers on barge off Oil Dock


    (UTULEI) – Governor Togiola Tulafono today visited the team of divers off the Oil Dock in Utulei who are assessing the condition and fuel load of the USS Chehalis, which burned, capsized and sank on October 7, 1949.

    Governor Togiola went aboard the barge that is being used by Navy Divers, Coast Guard personnel and ship salvage workers for the project --which is moored approximately 300 feet from the Oil Dock, and directly about 100 feet above where the sunken vessel lies.

    Governor Togiola was briefed on the project and updated on the latest technology on marine depth search equipment.

    “I want to express the sincere gratitude of the people and government of American Samoa to all those who are making a big contribution to this project and taking extra caution, that if there is fuel aboard, it would be properly removed and thereby saving our harbor and marine life,” said Governor Togiola. “I am very impressed with the team that I have met, and I am very fascinated with their work and job that they are doing. So, I wish to thank Commander Michael Day and the Pacific Strike Team, Chief Warrant Officer – Navy Diver Chris Lehner and Navy Master Diver Scott Valentine of Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit -1, Ron Worthington of Emergency Ship Salvage Material, Kemp Skudin of Navy Ship Salvage, and all those that are taking part in these efforts on Pago Pago Harbor. We take pride in our harbor and it is a wonderful feeling that we have the help from some great people who have come to ensure that there is no fuel in the tanks of the 60 year-old sunken Chehalis.”

    Governor Togiola also acknowledged the kind assistance of Lieutenant Troy Luna, Detachment Supervisor of the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in American Samoa, and the US Coast Guard National Pollution Fund for paying for the clean up of the USS Chehalis.

    The team of divers arrived last Thursday, April 23rd, and will depart on May 10th.
      

     

    The Emergency Ship Salvage Material (ESSM System is a managed network of emergency response equipment stockpiles pre-positioned to support and augment US Navy Fleet capability in the areas of Salvage, Diving, Pollution Response, and Underwater Ship Husbandry (UWSH). ESSM equipment inventories and equipment descriptions can be accessed via the functional link buttons distributed across the top of this web site. The ESSM Operations link, at the far left, accesses additional ESSM information including system management, stockpile locations, resource availability, mobilization requirements, cost, etc. ESSM resources are available to non-Navy emergency responders as described under the ESSM Operations link. Emergency Mobilization of ESSM resources can only be initiated by a request to the Office of the Supervisor of Salvage (SUPSALV) within the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, DC. Earliest possible notification of a pending request and discussion with cognizant SUPSALV personnel is encouraged.

     
    Department of Defense users can find detailed, up to date, information on the ESSM systems and equipment and detailed procedures on how to obtain this equipment to support upcoming operations using the "ESSM Enterprise" link from the https://secure.supsalv.org website.
     

    Contact Information:

    Main line (business hours): (202) 781-1731
    For Finance and Contracts Response: press "1" at the prompt.
    For Salvage and Pollution Operations: press "2" at the prompt.
    For Diving resources: press "3" at the prompt.
    For Underwater Ship Husbandry: press "5" at the prompt.
    After Hours - NAVSEA Duty Office (202) 781-3889
    (The duty officer will put the caller in touch with the appropriate SUPSALV POC.)
    SUPSALV FAX: (202) 781-4588
     

    Mailing Address:
    Department of the Navy, Naval Sea Systems Command
    Attn: SEA 00C2
    1333 Isaac Hull Avenue S. E. Stop 1070
    Washington Navy Yard, D.C. 20376-1070
     

    Email Addresses:
    For Finance and Contracts Response: 00c1@supsalv.org For Salvage Operations response: 00c2@supsalv.org
    For Pollution response: 00C25@supsalv.org
    For Diving resources: 00C3@supsalv.org
    For Underwater Ship Husbandry: 00C5@supsalv.org

    ESSM Base contact info can be found under the ESSM Operations link.

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