Navy Uses Divers for Fleet Readiness
NAVSEA's UWSH program provides cost effective repair solutions when dry-docks are either infeasible or impractical, enabling ships to return to the fleet sooner by using Navy divers to make underwater repairs. Returning ships to the fleet sooner increases current readiness providing an agile, adaptable and surge-ready force.
Last fiscal year, NAVSEA's UWSH repaired 103 ships. This provided a combined 448 days to the fleet as these ships were able to return to sea and to deployments. These efforts saved the Navy more than $64 million compared to placing the ships in dry dock.
Currently, two submarines, one cruiser and one destroyer are being repaired by NAVSEA UWSH personnel.
(Source: Navy News Service)