|Career (United States)|
|Namesake:||Mystic, a village in Connecticut|
|Builder:||Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Sunnyvale, California|
|Launched:||24 January 1970|
|Acquired:||1 June 1970|
|Out of service:||1 October 2008|
|Class & type:||DSRV-1- (Mystic-) class deep submergence rescue vehicle|
|Displacement:||30.5 tons surfaced, 37 tons submerged|
|Length:||49 ft (15 m)|
|Beam:||8 ft (2.4 m); Width 11 ft (3.4 m)|
|Installed power:||15 shaft horsepower (0.2 kilowatt)|
|Propulsion:||Electric motors, silver-zinc batteries, one shaft, four thrusters|
|Endurance:||30 hours submerged at 3 knots (5.6 km/h)|
|Test depth:||5,000 feet (1,500 m)|
|Complement:||Four (two pilots and two rescue personnel)|
DSRV-1 Mystic is a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle that is rated to dive up to 1500 metres. DSRV1 was built by Lockheed for the U.S. Navy and launched 24 January 1970.
The senior engineer responsible for the project was Paul Philip Prelitz (father of Chris Prelitz). Mr. Prelitz was also the senior engineer for the Sealab II "Man in the Sea" project.
Mystic was launched on 24 January 1970. The submarine, intended to be air transportable, was 50 feet (15 m) long, 8 feet (2.4 m) in diameter, and weighed 37 tons. The sub was capable of descending to 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the surface and could carry 24 passengers at a time in addition to its crew. The sub was stationed at North Island Naval Station in San Diego and was never required to conduct an actual rescue operation.
In fiction, it was used in the 1978 film Gray Lady Down as a rescue vehicle following a submarine accident, as well as Tom Clancy's novel The Hunt for Red October and film based on it The Hunt for Red October to ferry men from the USS Dallas to the Red October.
- This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain. The entry can be found here.
- NavSource Online: Submarine Photo Archive Mystic (DSRV-1)
- USN Factfile DSRV 1 & 2
- Liewer, Steve, "Goodbye To Mystic Minisub, Hello To Falcon", San Diego Union-Tribune, March 6, 2009.
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