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MV Dolores Chouest

Deep Submergence Elevator Support Ships (DSESS):
  • Built by North American Shipbuilding, Larouse, LA, for Edison Chouest Offshore
  • Launched, 28 November 2006
  • Delivered, 15 February 2007
  • Leased to the US Navy Military Sealift Command, contractor operated and controlled
  • MV Dolores Chouest provides the following services to the US Navy:
    surrogate ship, to DSV Alvin class submersibles and other military rescue ships
    surface support for;
    special warfare exercise missions
    submarine sea trials/deep dives
    mine recovery operations (inert mines only)
    unmanned vehicle operations
    mother ship support for submarine rescue chamber operations
    Displacement 1500 t. (fl)
    Length 240'
    Beam 40'
    Draft 12'
    Speed 13 kts.
    32 Military/Sponsor
    Armament none
    two Diesel engines
    two shafts, 2,250 bhp

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    Dolores Chouset 111k MV Dolores Chouest under way, date and location unknown.
    US Navy photo
    Military Sealift Command
    Dolores Chouset 258k MV Dolores Chouest under way, 31 May 2012, location unknown.
    US Navy (MSC) photo
    Robert Hurst

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