Accession Number : ADD016441

Title :   Underwater Vehicle Recovery System.

Descriptive Note : Patent Application, filed 30 Jun 94,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Moody, Paul E

Report Date : 30 Jun 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : An unmanned underwater vehicle recovery device being joinable with the breech of an existing torpedo tube. The recovery device comprises a plurality of concentric tubes which telescope through the torpedo tube to the exterior of the hull of a submarine to provide a means for aligning the recovered unmanned underwater vehicle with the torpedo tube launchway. A recovery vehicle is held within the recovery device by a deployable tether. During recovery the recovery vehicle is launched from the recovery device in the torpedo tube of the submarine. The recovery vehicle travels out and mates with a coupling at the rear of the unmanned underwater vehicle. The tether is retracted and joined recovery vehicle/unmanned underwater vehicle is pulled into the torpedo tube launchway. The concentric tubes are retracted and the unmanned underwater vehicle is left in the torpedo tube

Descriptors :   *RECOVERY VEHICLES, *PATENT APPLICATIONS, RECOVERY, SUBMARINES, TELESCOPES, TORPEDO TUBES, TORPEDOES, UNDERWATER, UNDERWATER VEHICLES, UNMANNED, LAUNCH TUBES

Subject Categories : Submarine Engineering
      Torpedoes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE