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WESTINGHOUSE AQS-14 ASSISTS IN SANTA CLARA I ARSENIC CONTAINER SEARCH

WESTINGHOUSE AQS-14 ASSISTS IN SANTA CLARA I ARSENIC CONTAINER SEARCH
 ANNAPOLIS, Md., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Coast Guard and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) search for four containers of arsenic trioxide has been aided, thanks to the Westinghouse Oceanic Division's AN/APQ-14 minehunting sonar.
 The containers were among 21 tractor trailer-sized units (8 feet by 8 feet by 40 feet) which fell off the SANTA CLARA I under severe weather conditions near the mouth of the Delaware Bay last week.
 "Last Friday we received a call from the U.S. Navy Helicopter Tactical Wing 1 at Norfolk, Va., requesting Westinghouse support of Helicopter Squadron HM-14 deployment," said AN/AQS-14 Program Manager Brion Burk. "Within three hours, we sent Associate Engineer Gene Cumm to meet the squadron at the Search Operation Center located at Atlantic City International Airport."
 "We began the search on Saturday. By Monday, the AN/AQS-14 had detected four contacts whose shape made it highly probable they were containers," said Burk. "The exact latitude and longitude of the contacts were identified by the AN/AQS-14 and will be utilized by the Coast Guard to reacquisition and recover the containers."
 On Tuesday, an EPA ship sent a remote-operated vehicle (ROV) with a camera below the ocean's surface which positively identified the objects as containers of "new metal." "No rust, algae or barnacles on the objects indicates they went down very recently," said Burk. "However, the ROV could not establish serial numbers to positively identify if they were the actual containers from the SANTA CLARA I."
 On Wednesday, the side-look sonar of the AN/AQS-14 system identified additional contacts that appeared to be stacked together, according to Burk. "Further post-mission analysis indicates that a total of 21 distinct contacts have been identified on the ocean floor," he said.
 While bad weather conditions hampered the ability of Coast Guard and EPA ships to venture out for further recovery verification, the helicopters have been flying in 30-knot winds and 12-foot seas with the AN/AQS-14 fully operational, Burk said.
 "This exercise is an excellent application of military technology in a civilian market," said Westinghouse Oceanic Division General Manager Walt Dunkle.
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