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May 19, 2002 USS Salvor departed Naval Station Pearl Harbor to stand in for USS Safeguard (ARS 50) which was first scheduled to participate in Exercise Cooperative Assessment Readiness And Training 2002. Only a few weeks before Safeguard was to get underway for CARAT, the ship was re-tasked to recover wreckage from an F-16 that crashed off the coast of Japan.

September 9, ARS 52 returned to homeport recently, after completing a three-month underway period. The rescue and salvage ship trained and worked with divers from Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

September 20, 2004 USS Salvor returned to Pearl Harbor following a deployment to the Western Pacific in support of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise.

January 30, 2006 ARS 52 departed Pearl Harbor to conduct salvage and diving operations off the coast of Oahu over the next three weeks.

May 20, U.S. Navy task group, including USS Tortuga (LSD 46), USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS Crommelin (FFG 37), the cutter USCGC Sherman (WHEC 720), and USS Salvor departed Okinawa to begin the fifth annual Southeast Asia Cooperation Against Terrorism maritime security exercise.

June 16, Navy divers completed six days of diving operations on wreckage in the Gulf of Thailand believed to be that of the lost World War II submarine USS Lagarto (SS 371). Divers will send photographs and video of the submarine to the Naval Historical Center in Washington for further analysis. The operations were conducted from USS Salvor with embarked divers from Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 1, based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

June 27, The rescue and salvage ship departed Sattahip, Thailand, concluding the second phase of bilateral exercise.

July 1, USS Salvor and USS Patriot (MCM 7) completed a five-hour, navigationally complex transit down the Saigon River to arrive in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for a scheduled port visit. The visit will be the fourth U.S. Navy visit to a Vietnamese port and the third to Ho Chi Minh City since normalization of diplomatic relations in 1995. This visit will mark the first time that two U.S. Navy ships visit Vietnam concurrently; their combined crew equals 180 Sailors.

August 3, ARS 52 departed Kemaman, Malaysia, ending the fourth phase of exercise CARAT.

September 14, USS Salvor, commanded by Lt. Cmdr. John C. Howard, arrived to the island of Viti Levu, Fiji, for a period of morale and welfare following the conclusion of the Southeast Asia exercise series Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training 2006.

October 2, The Salvor returned to Naval Station Pearl Harbor after completing a five-month deployment to Southeast Asia in support of CARAT Exercise. The rescue and salvage ship departed Hawaii April 29, with USCGC Yocona (WMEC 168) in tow. After a brief stop in Guam to turn over her tow, she joined the rest of the CARAT task force in Singapore. During this last deployment, the ship traveled more than 19,000 nautical miles, and visited nine countries and two U.S. territories. The crew completed 141 dives for 63 hours and 14 minutes of bottom time.

January 12, 2007 USS Salvor was officialy decommissioned at Pearl Harbor's Bravo Pier. The rescue and salvage ship was named USNS Salvor (T-ARS 52) and transferred to the Military Sealift Command (MSC).