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APPENDIX D U.S. Government Agencies that Own and/or Use Submersibles a Agency Submersible Owned Leased Purposes U.S. Navy DSVs X X General mission support ROVs X X General mission support AUVs X Experimental development U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ROVs X X Inspection of dams and other underwater structures U.S. Army Ballistic Defense Command DSVs X Recovery of missile parts in splash-down area of range U.S. Air Force DSVs X Recovery of missile parts in splash-down zone of missile range Advanced Research Projects Agency AUVs X X Experimental development National Aeronautics and Space Administration ROVs X Development of telepresence vehicle controls for missions to other planets Environmental Protection Agency DSVs X Inspection of seafloor dump sites National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrationb DSVs X General oceanographic research ROVs X X General oceanographic and fisheries research U.S. Department of the Interiorc DSVs X Research in Crater Lake, Oregon, for National Park Service ROVs X U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration ROVs X Drug interdiction U.S. Coast Guard ROVs X Maritime law enforcement U.S. Customs Service ROVs X Underwater inspection of ships and structures for contraband a This listing illustrates the scope and diversity of U.S. federal agencies that have employed submersibles to support their missions. No attempt has been made to describe each vehicle used in the past 35 years, and there are probably more than are shown here. The intent is to show that a variety of government agencies have used submersibles. b National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration agencies that have used submersibles are: the National Undersea Research Program and the National Marine Fisheries Service. c U.S. Department of the Interior agencies that have used submersibles are the U.S. Geological Survey, the Minerals Management Service, and the National Park Service.
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