recovery ship

recovery ship

[ri′kəv·ə·rē ‚ship]
(naval architecture)
A naval vessel designed to participate in the retrieval of a satellite, instrument package, or spaceship after it has reentered the atmosphere and landed in the ocean.
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They later give Congress two US 24.7.69 Splashdown 17:51 Apollo 11 comes back to Earth eight days, three hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds after its launch with a Pacific splashdown 800 nautical miles south-west of Hawaii and 12 miles from the recovery ship, the USS Hornet.
It had been a textbook trip, their landing putting them just a few miles from the recovery ship, the USS Hornet.
The 20-ton section was brought aboard a recovery ship from more than two miles down and will be taken to New York, the port for which the doomed ship was heading.
In the rare snap, two men can be seen dropping a victim over the side of body recovery ship the Mackay Bennett.
The recovery ship began inching its way to calmer waters at a speed of just half a knot.
The picture was taken on-board body recovery ship the Mackay Bennett during a mass funeral service for dozens of the dead.
The reason for the delay is that the recovery ship Carolyn Chouest is in 'stand down' for repairs and it is expected to leave port no earlier than March 28.
Explorers on the recovery ship Akademik Mstislav Keldysh were amazed by the powerful smell that wafted out when a bottle was opened.
TYNEMOUTH: Workers on the oil recovery ship Bonga currently being fitted out on the Tyne raised pounds 2,500 from a sponsored shaving of heads and beards.
Hornet (CV 12) was the prime recovery ship for the Apollo 11 and 12 missions in July 1969.
It participated in the Vietnam War and was the recovery ship for two space missions.