DSRV-1 Mystic is a Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle that is rated to dive up to 5000 feet (1500 m). DSRV-1 was built by Lockheed for the U.S. Navy at a construction cost of $41 million and launched 24 January 1970. It was declared fully operational in 1977 and named Mystic.
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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.
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- 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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