Croation fishing crew finds secret US Navy underwater system
A Croation fishing crew caught an interesting catch in the form of a US Navy underwater system out of the Adriatic Sea.
The item was 460 feet under the water when it was netted by the crew, who hauled the 220-pound item onto the deck to check it out.
Ship Captain Darko Kunac Bigava posted a photo of the item to social media, and soon got a call from the US Navy, who requested the item be returned.
Following a negotiation over damaged nets, Bigava approached the USNS Bruce C. Heezen, a vessel that was searching for the buoy-beacon device the previous day.
The item -or at least part of it- originated from Stennis Space Center in Mississippi (home to a few Navy units) and was transported to Croatia back in 2019.
According to Forbes.com, the item likely belongs to the Naval Oceanography Program or the Naval Oceanographic Office, of which the Heezen is a part of.
Being an oceanographic survey vessel of the Pathfinder Class, the Heezen is believed to be operating with the permission of the Croatian government, as Croatia is a NATO partner state.
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