Navy Divers Prep for Mission to Raise Civil War Ironclad

Author: Lance M. Bacon [Navy Times]

Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, VA — A team of Navy divers spent a week in mid-May preparing for an historic salvage of a Civil War ironclad scuttled more than 150 years ago.

Mobile Diving and Salvage Company 23 will deploy to Savannah, Georgia, on June 1 to free the Confederate States Ship Georgia from her watery grave. The operation, expected to take just under two months, is to recover wreckage in five groupings; forward and aft armor casements; engine remnants such as boilers, shafts and propellers; four cannons; and live ordnance.

The number of projectiles is still under evaluation by on-site archaeologists, but most of them are believed to be lying atop the river bottom, said CWO3 Jason Potts, commander of MDSC-23. Explosive ordnance disposal divers from Mobile Unit 6 Detachment, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, will place the ordnance in handling fixtures specially designed for this mission, then turn it over to Marine Corps EOD technicians.

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