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Submarine Surface Abandonment Trials
Technical rept. 2007-2008
NAVAL SUBMARINE MEDICAL RESEARCH LAB GROTON CT
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This report presents the results of the Surface Abandonment Trials held on 17 June 2008 in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The trials were based upon a single, credible, pre-determined, surface abandonment scenario and followed the procedures laid down in the U.S. Navy Ship Systems Manual SSM utilizing the safety equipment already in service onboard submarines Mk 10 SEIE suit and Mk 18 life raft and the two candidates for the successor SEIE suit Mk 11 SEIE suit and bfa Amphiprion SPES. The four trials simulated the abandonment of a submarine on the surface and were conducted from a submarine in harbor. Eighteen volunteer subjects 16 ships personnel and 2 SUBSCHOL instructors participated in the trials, which included two rush abandonments and two normal abandonments. This report provides an analysis of the trials and makes recommendations for the modification of the existing class SSMs surface abandonment equipment and for future surface abandonment research.
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