Accession Number : ADD017748

Title :   Underwater Vehicle Recovery System.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 30 Jun 94, patented 5 Sep 95,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Moody, Paul E

Report Date : 05 Sep 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : This patent discloses an unmanned underwater vehicle recovery device being joinable with the breech of an existing torpedo tube. The recovery device comprises a plurality of con- centric tubes which telescope through the torpedo tube to the exterior of the hull of a submarine to provide a mechanism 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. (MM)

Descriptors :   *RECOVERY, *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *CONNECTORS, *REMOTELY PILOTED VEHICLES, *RECOVERY VEHICLES, *PATENTS, *TETHERING, *TORPEDO TUBES, UNMANNED, BREECH MECHANISMS, LAUNCH TUBES, SUBMARINES

Subject Categories : Couplers, Fasteners, and Joints
      Submarine Engineering
      Torpedoes

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE