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Electronics Technician 1ST Class Karen Roberts cuts Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class Lori Richards' hair while acting as the barber aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

SEAMAN Susan Collett, a crewman from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53), uses a power grinder to remove rust from the ocean minesweeper USS FEARLESS (MSO-442). The FEARLESS is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Engineman 3rd Class Tammy Wenzlick watches small boat activity in the harbor from the rail of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Electronics Technician 1ST Class Karen Roberts cuts Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class Lori Richards' hair while acting as the barber aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Members of a dive team from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) use an inflatable boat to take them to an ocean minesweeper for a survey dive. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members stand by on the bow as the ocean minesweeper USS FEARLESS (MSO 442) approaches port. The FEARLESS is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

Captain (CAPT) Joseph Volpe and Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) William E. Jackson discuss towing operations being conducted by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A crew member uses a sextant aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members stand by on the deck of the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) during a training exercise. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Members of a rig crew handle lines on the bow of the ocean minesweeer USS FEARLESS (MSO 442). The FEARLESS is one of the three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

CHIEF Electrician's Mate Craig Dahlgard takes a break aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A member of a dive team from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) mans the tiller of an inflatable boat as they head out to an ocean minesweeper for a survey dive. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members watch from the bridge of the ocean minesweeper USS INFLICT (MSO 456) as crewmen from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) hook up a towing rig. The INFLICT is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the USS GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members watch from the bridge of the ocean minesweeper USS INFLICT (MSO 456) as crewmen from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) hook up a towing rig. The INFLICT is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

Storekeeper 2nd Class Randy Summers stands watch at the helm of the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) to support US Navy escort operations

A crew member uses a sextant aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO-448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class Lori Richards works at the automated monitoring system console in damage control central aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Members of a dive team from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) use an inflatable boat to take them to an ocean minesweeper for a survey dive. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A crew member observes towing operations aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A minesweeping float, also known as a"pig,"is towed through the water druing a training exercise. The ocean minesweeper USS FEARLESS (MSO 442) is in the background. The FEARLESS is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) to support US Navy escort operations

Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Earl Stout monitors power plant control stations aboard salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) Timothy B. Stark, commanding officer of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53), plays a hand of cribbage with a crew member. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A crewman prepares hemp stays on the loops of the main tow rope on the fantail of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Lieutenant (LT) Sternberg, Medical Corps, takes a photograph while aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A crew member checks a safety manual prior to an exercise aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO-448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53) to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Members of a dive team conduct a safety briefing aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) before making a survey dive on an ocean minesweeper. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members play a hand of cribbage aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members watch from the bridge of the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) as crewmen from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) hook up a towing rig. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

Members of a dive team conduct a safety briefing aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) before making a survey dive on an ocean minesweeper. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members prepare to lower an acoustical device into the water from the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) during a training exercise. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members are given a briefing aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

CHIEF Electrician's Mate Craig Dahlgard takes a break aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A crewman stands by on the bow as the ocean minesweeper USS FEARLESS (MSO 442) pulls into port. The FEARLESS is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

Members of a dive team from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) use an inflationable boat to take them to an ocean minesweeper for a survey dive. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members prepare to lower an acoustical device into the water from the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) during a training exercise. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A small bird is perched on a rail aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crewmen from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) watch from a pier as the ocean minesweeper USS FEARLESS (MSO 442) pulls into port. The FEARLESS is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

A starboard bow view of the ocean minesweepers USS INFLICIT (MSO 456) and ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) under tow by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members practice firing an M2.50-caliber machine gun from the stern of the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members man the rail of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) as the ship enters the port. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Divers in a inflatable boat head for the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) for a survey dive. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A crew member inspects a towing shackle aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members hoist a minesweeping float, known as a "pig," over the side of the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO-448) during a training exercise. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53) to support U.S. Navy escort operations

A view of the automatic towing machine system aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Mike Sackman, a diver aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53), prepares his tanks prior to making a survey dive on an ocean minesweeper. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A port view of the bow of the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) underway. The ship is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members watch from the rail the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) as the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) leaves port. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members oversee towing operations from the bridge wing of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class (BM2) Mike Sackman, a diver aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53), prepares his tanks prior to making a survey dive on an ocean minesweeper. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Ship's officers observe rigging operations aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Electronics Technician 1ST Class Karen Roberts cuts Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class Lori Richards' hair while acting as the barber aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Members of a rig crew stand by on the bow of the ocean minesweeper USS INFLICT (MSO 456). The INFLICT is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) to support US Navy escort operations

Crew members hoist an acoustical device from the water onto the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) during a training exercise. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A view of the fantail of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) as seen from the ship's superstructure. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A small bird sits on a walkie-talkie aboard the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A master diver makes individual checks on two divers aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) before they make a survey dive on an ocean minesweeper. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Storekeeper 2nd Class Randy Summers stands watch at the helm of the the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448). The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) to support US Navy escort operations

Lieutenant Commander (LCDR) commanding officer of the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53), plays a hand of cribbage with a crew member. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

A master diver makes individual checks on two divers aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS 53) before they make a survey dive on an ocean minesweeper. The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations

Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class Lori Richards works at the automated monitoring system console in damage control central aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The GRAPPLE is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

MASTER CHIEF Storekeeper Alicia Aitken, senior enlisted advisor aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53), supervises a working party on the fantail. The Grapple is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Electronics Technician 1ST Class Karen Roberts cuts Interior Communications Technician 2nd Class Lori Richard's hair while acting as the barber aboard the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53). The Grapple is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

SEAMAN Patricia Volante stands by to shift the colors as the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53) prepares to get underway. The Grapple is towing three minesweepers to the Persian Gulf to support U.S. Navy escort operations

SEAMAN Susan Collett, a crewman from the salvage ship USS GRAPPLE (ARS-53), uses a power grinder to remove rust from the ocean minesweeper USS FEARLESS (MSO-442). The FEARLESS is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf by the GRAPPLE to support U.S. Navy escort operations

Crew members lower an acoustical device into the water from the ocean minesweeper USS ILLUSIVE (MSO 448) during a training exercise. The ILLUSIVE is one of three minesweepers being towed to the Persian Gulf to support US Navy escort operations