Collection photo # 2016.18.01: The Trident Vertical Array is stretched out for assembly in Bermuda, September 1962. Note the nearby Martin P5M Marlins from VP-49.
Approximately 150 black and white photographs (transferred from Processing - Textual in January 2016), documenting the assembly, deployment, and retrieval of the Trident Vertical Array. Assembly of this underwater listening system took place on Bermuda and it was deployed in waters off the island, September 1962. Crews from Western Electric and Bell Telephone Laboratory took receipt of the pieces on Bermuda and assembled them before deployment. Each step of the assembly process is documented, including the use of wires, cables, pipes, winches, and the system’s hydrophones and inclinometers. Main deployment ship was USS Neptune (ARC-2), also involved were USS Preserver (ARS-8), USS Opportune (ARS-41), YD-188 floating crane, and unidentified YTBs. Unidentified British warships are seen in port. Also shown are Martin P5M Marlins from VP-49.