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The U.S. Navy has a DSRV named Avalon.
Submarine rescue capabilities have been substantially improved with the development of the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle (DSRV) which became operational in 1972. This deep diving craft is air-transportable, highly instrumented, and capable of rescue to a depth of 5000 fsw. Click Here to find out more. Information obtained from United States Naval Historical Center.

The story of King Arthur has evolved over almost one thousand years. According to legend, Arthur was born at Tintagel, in the north Cornwall district. Chosen before birth to reign as High King, Arthur was tutored by Merlin the Magician and proved his claim to the throne when he pulled the sword Excalibur from a stone. He united Britain in peace and created the idyllic Camelot. He founded the Knights of the Round Table and sent them on a quest to find the Holy Grail - the cup used by Jesus at the Last Supper. When King Arthur died, he was taken to Avalon where, it is said, he sleeps until the time when he is most needed.

A Good Starting Point For All Things Arthurian

The Mists of Avalon follows Morgaine from child to priestess on the mystical Isle of Avalon, bastion of the Goddess-worshipping priestesses and druids of the Old Religion. The title describes the magical protective mists which surround the island, making it invisible to all but the initiated or strongly psychic. We see Morgaine struggle with not fitting female physical and behavioral stereotypes, addressing issues of aging, and describing how men (and women) respond to women in positions of power. Morgaine's life is shaped by her desire to serve her religion and the Goddess, and to preserve the Old Religion while watching commonfolk and royalty discard it in favor of Christianity.

We travel with Gwenhwyfar from innocent child who first meets Arthur when she inadvertently crosses the the protective mists of Avalon to her transformation as a guilt-ridden Christian queen. Her deep desire for a child and fear that pagan "magic" caused a miscarriage leads her to beg Arthur to turn his back on the Old Religion, catalyzing the infamous fall of Camelot.