|Builder: Newport News Shipbuilding Co.|
The Dry Deck Shelter is fitted aft of the submarine's sail structure, connected to the submarine's after hatch to permit free passage between the submarine and the DDS while the submarine is underwater and approaching the objective area. Then, with the submarine still submerged, the SEALs can exit the DDS and ascend to the surface.
The DDS is made up of three compartments. The forward-most compartment, a sphere, is the hyperbaric chamber which is used for treatment of injured divers. In the middle compartment, or transfer trunk, operators enter and exit the submarine and/or either of the other compartments. The third compartment, the hangar, is a cylinder with elliptical ends which houses either the SDV or up to 20 SOF personnel with CRRCs.
|Length: 11.58 meters 38 feet|
|Beam: 2.74 meters 9 feet|
|Displacement: 30.48 metric tons 30 long tons|
|Maximum depth: 39.62 meters 130 feet|