Continued from July 11.
A 20-man team led by Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Potts, commander of MDSC-23, will remove all unexploded ordnance from the Savannah River bed. Explosive ordnance disposal divers from Mobile Unit 6 Detachment, Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, will then place the ordnance (shells) in handling fixtures specially designed for the mission. The ordnance will then be turned over to Marine Corps EOD technicians.
Potts' team will then salvage the smaller, more manageable artifacts such as the forward and aft armor casements; engine remnants including boilers, shafts and propellers; and four cannons. It will conclude with the removal of the armor plating. They expect to finish the salvage work by September.