Peterson Yard Launches Another Rescue/Salvage Vessel For Navy
Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) of Sturgeon Bay, Wise., recently launched the fourth 255-foot, steelhulled rescue/salvage vessel for the U.S. Navy. Christened Grapple (ARS-53), she is the culmination of a three-year construction project supplying the Navy with these new Safeguard Class vessels.
These ships possess upgraded mission-essential equipment and systems to perform the diversified missions that will be assigned to them. These can include salvage, rescue and retrieval, patrol duties, firefighting, and support/supply services to the fleet. Extensive diving operations are accomplished using the ships' diver life support air system, the finest in the Navy. Mrs. Patricia Allen was the sponsor for the Grapple; her mother, Mrs. Charles E. Mason, as- sisted her as matron of honor. The sponsor's husband, Richard V.
Allen, an internationally recognized authority on foreign policy and national security affairs, was the principal speaker at the launching ceremony. Other speakers included Capt.' William C. Pfister, USN, NavSea program manager for all auxiliary and special-mission ships; Capt. Paul M. Robinson, USN, Sturgeon Bay Supervisor of shipbuilding; and Ellsworth L. Peterson, president of PBI.
The Grapple will join her sister ships previously launched at PBI— Safeguard, Grasp, and Salvor. Successful operational and heavy-lift tests have been completed recently for the lead ship of the class, the Safeguard, and she is scheduled for spring 1985 commissioning by the Navy.