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ARS-50 Safeguard

The Navy has responsibility for salvaging US government owned ships and, when it is in the best interests of the United States, privately owned vessels as well. Rescue and salvage ships save battle damaged combat ships from further damage and tow them to safety. Rescue, salvage and towing ships provide rapid fire fighting, pumping, battle damage repair and rescue towing to warships in combat and tow them to repair ships or bases in safe areas. Currently 13 rescue and salvage ships are in service. The newest of these, the Safeguard ARS-50 class, were commissioned in 1984 and 1985.


Power Plant geared diesel engines
2 propellers
Length255 feet overall
240 feet waterline length
Beam Extreme Beam: 51 ft
Waterline Beam: 50 ft
Draft Maximum Navigational Draft: 17 ft
Draft Limit: 18 ft
Displacement Light Displacement: 2482 tons
Full Displacement: 3181 tons
Dead Weight: 699 tons
Speed knots ( mph)
Crew Officers: 7
Enlisted: 92


Name Number Builder Homeport Ordered Commissioned Decommissioned
SafeguardARS 50 PetersonSasebo28 Aug 198117 Aug 1985? 2035
GraspARS 51 PetersonLittle Creek11 Feb 198214 Dec 1985? 2035
Salvor ARS 52 PetersonPearl Harbor11 Feb 198214 Jun 1986? 2036
Grapple ARS 53 PetersonLittle Creek29 Oct 198215 Nov 1986? 2036

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Originally created by John Pike
Updated Wednesday, February 24, 1999 6:45:45 PM