• Creator
  • Department of Defense. American Forces Information Service. Defense Visual Information Center. 1994-
  • Created Date
  • 1996-07-26
  • Description
  • The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy Hull Technician 1st Class Patrick Wheeler (right), adjusts the cuff to his protective suit, while getting ready to make his dive. He is one of the divers from the US Navys submarine tender USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, sent to assist the Navys salvage rescue ship USS GRASP (ARS 51) in continuous diving operations over the cr... more
    The original finding aid described this photograph as: [Complete] Scene Caption: US Navy Hull Technician 1st Class Patrick Wheeler (right), adjusts the cuff to his protective suit, while getting ready to make his dive. He is one of the divers from the US Navys submarine tender USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39), homeported in Norfolk, Virginia, sent to assist the Navys salvage rescue ship USS GRASP (ARS 51) in continuous diving operations over the crash site of TWA flight 800. His primary "tender" US Navy Quarter Master 1st Class Cass Schussler is one of the divers sent from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit Two, Little Creek, Virginia. Schussler's job is especially important, while assisting divers in and out of their dive gear, ensuring a safe dive and timely undressing for the recompression chamber, in the 3.5 minutes allowed once the diver's "hat" breaks the surface. Divers on the Grasp are making Surface Decompression on Oxygen dives, which require breathing pure oxygen for certain periods of time in a recompression chamber to avoid the potentially fatal effects of nitrogen gas forming in their blood stream when resurfacing. TWA flight 800 crahed in the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, New York, on July 17, 1996. Base: USS Grasp (ARS 51) Scene Camera Operator: PH1 Glen J. Hurd, USN Release Status: Released to Public less
  • Format
  • Magnetic Disk
    Magnetic Disk: Hard Drive
  • Rights
  • Unrestricted