Contractors from Phoenix International Inc. and the U.S. military retrieve and redeploy the tow ping locator aboard the Navy tug Apache.
The Apache departed Norfolk, Va., on Oct. 19 to begin searching for wreckage from TOTE Maritime‘s missing ro/ro containership El Faro. The Apache is equipped with several pieces of underwater search equipment, including a voyage data recorder locator, side-scan sonar and an underwater remote operated vehicle. The Navy’s mission will be to first locate the ship and, if possible, to retrieve the voyage data recorder – commonly known as a black box. U.S. Navy video produced by MC2 John Paul Kotara II.