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Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle

Memories of Dennis Lawyer

I was on the USS Bergall from 1978 to 1982. One of the more unusual things we did on the Bergall was when I was first assigned to the ship in 1978. As I remember, it was the first trip of the DSRV from the west coast to a east coast submarine. We took it out on the boat's back. At sea, they practiced rescue from one escape hatch to the other. The boat had to have special white painted on the hull to aid in the DSRV navigation. We even played the movie, "Gray Lady Down", during the run. While watching the movie we would point to some of the crew of the DSRV as we would recognize them in the movie. I got this picture when making 1st class.

Dennis Lawyer