From The Vancouver Sun:
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It carries a crew of two and is designed to bring 16 submariners to surface at a time
Peter Wilson, Vancouver Sun
Published: Friday, May 04, 2007
United States navy crewmembers trapped on board a disabled submarine could find themselves being brought safely to the surface thanks to technology from North Vancouver.
This week an innovative submarine rescue vehicle, designed and built by OceanWorks International Corp. for the U.S. Navy (at a cost of about $100 million, which also includes development and delivery costs), got its first taste of undersea conditions as it began trials off a Burnaby dock.
In just 15 metres of water the remotely operated pressurized rescue module (PRM) -- which has a maximum operating depth of 610 metres, carries a crew of two, and is designed to bring 16 submariners to the surface at a time -- is carrying out some basic manoeuvres.