The Impact of Remote Fly-Away Submersible Operations on Personnel Endurance Capabilities.
NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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To obtain information on stress, fatigue, and work-rest cycles of submersible operators and system support personnel members during an actual submarine rescue fly-away mission, 17 fly-away team members were monitored during the conduct of a 10-day simulated open-sea submarine rescue using the Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicle DSRV, AVALON. Operators and crew members lived aboard the mother submarine which carried the DSRV from port to the site of the downed submarine and return. Demographic information, psychological measures, and environmental data were obtained during baseline, transit-out, in-port, and dive periods. The overall results supported previous findings, suggesting that a DSRV mission of the present duration and difficulty can be accomplished without exceeding the capabilities of the crew and support personnel. The trend of the changes, does, however, suggest that missions of longer duration may require scheduling of regular sleep periods for personnel to maintain performance. Author
- Stress Physiology