Forty one years ago this week, Alvin pilots Bill Rainnie and Marvin McCamis
located an unexploded hydrogen bomb that had accidentally been dropped
into the Mediterranean Sea two months earlier by a U.S. Air Force
B-52. It took a month of searching with Alvin (foreground), Navy ships, and the Navy sub Aluminautand another month of trying to
hook and raise the bombbefore officials (inset) from the U.S. Navy and the
North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) could pose with it on the
deck of the U.S.S. Petrel. Rainnie and McCamis received a Meritorious Service Award from the Secretary of the Navy for their efforts.
(Photo Courtesy of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Archives)