Sihanoukville Port

USNS Safeguard

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USNS SAFEGUARD

In early April 2009, the USNS Safeguard, the lead ship of the SAFEGUARD class of ships visited SihanoukVille, Cambodia.  The ship is used for salvage and towing operations.  The ship is crewed by civilian personnel, and carries a contingent of U.S. Navy divers.  This is the only naval ship of any country that has visited Cambodia that has no weapons on board. (even the steak knives in the mess hall are plastic - (Regulation USNS G-238.7294C, Sub-Section 2D, Paragraph 4))

In SihanoukVille, the Safeguard's divers trained the Cambodian Navy from SihanoukVille's Ream Naval Base on underwater salvage techniques.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Preparing for a practice dive


Manning the platform crane


Air and Communication lines


Cambodian Navy


Entering the water


They went down, but they haven't come back up yet


Chillin


Cambodian and US Navy divers preparing for a dive.


Can't swim with your clothes on.


Mission for the day. Disassemble this pipe.....  Underwater, of course.


The USNS Safeguard can tow an aircraft carrier with these cables


Air monitoring station


Captain Ed of the Safeguard with General Visna of the Cambodian Navy


The bridge


View of the SihanoukVille Port from the bridge of the Safeguard


View of the port from the bridge


Communications center


over 423 miles of cables run throughout the ship


Communications center on the bridge


The Navigator's desk on the bridge


A Cambodian Naval gunboat and the Jupiter cruise ship guarding the USNS Safeguard


The front of the ship, which would be the bow?


Not the captain of the Safeguard


Need some help describing this one. Chuck???


This would be a mooring .


Captain Ed of the Safeguard and Mr. Lim from Angkor Beer Brewery


Entrance to the Safeguard


My Country, My Beer. This donation of Angkor Beer didn't last long enough to make it to sea.

USNS SAFEGUARD
USNS SAFEGUARD. T-ARS 50

Thanks to Captain Ed and his crew for the ship tour, and Lieutenant Commander Charles "Chuck" Ehnes P.E. of the U.S. Navy for the help in putting together this page.  Good Travels.  See you all next time you have a few week's shore leave in Sunny SihanoukVille!

(JULY 2009 UPDATE..... "USNS SAFEGUARD RETURNS TO SIHANOUKVILLE, CAMBODIA")
(OCTOBER 2011 UPDATE..."USNS SAFEGUARD RETURNS TO SIHANOUKVILLE ON IT'S 4TH VISIT)

 


   
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