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DATE=8/14/2000
TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT
TITLE=SUBMARINE RESCUE (S-O)
NUMBER=2-265455
BYLINE=JIM RANDLE
DATELINE=DEFENSE DEPARTMENT
INTERNET=YES
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INTRO:  Pentagon Officials say they have special 
underwater rescue vehicles but have not been asked to 
help the stricken Russian submarine missing in the 
Barents Sea.  V-O-A's Jim Randle reports.

TEXT:  The U-S Navy's rescue vehicle is called a D-S-
R-V.  It is designed to dive deep and attach itself to 
a sunken submarine, allowing survivors to crawl 
through a special hatch to safety.

A Pentagon spokesman says any rescue request would 
likely be considered carefully.  But he says the 
Russian submarine may be too far away to reach in time 
and its rescue hatch may not be compatible with the 
American vehicle.

The missing Russian submarine is a relatively modern 
vessel, designed to hunt down U-S aircraft carriers 
with cruise missiles and torpedoes.  It is capable of 
firing nuclear weapons and has a crew of 107.  
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