The Associated Press
KEYPORT, Kitsap County — A unique vessel was added this week to the collection at the Naval Undersea Museum at Keyport.
The 49-foot Mystic was designed to rescue the crew of a sunken submarine. It could descent to 5,000 feet, latch onto a disabled sub and rescue 24 sailors at a time.
The Kitsap Sun reports the Mystic was developed after the loss of the USS Thresher in 1963 with its crew of 129 men.
Lockheed built the Mystic for the Navy for $41 million, and it was in service from 1979 to 2008 when it was replaced by a new system.
Museum curator Mary Ryan says it’s a good thing the Mystic never had to carry out a rescue.