NEDU’s mission is to
test and evaluate diving, hyperbaric, and other life-support systems and procedures,
and to conduct research and development in biomedical and environmental
physiology. NEDU then provides technical recommendations to Commander,
Naval Sea Systems Command to support operational requirements of our the U.S.
NEDU houses the Ocean Simulation Facility (OSF), one of the world’s largest
man-rated hyperbaric facilities. The OSF consists of five chambers with a wet pot
and transfer trunk. The wet pot holds 55,000 gallons of water. The OSF can simulate
depths to 2,250 fsw and can accommodate a wide range of experiments in its
dry and wet chambers (see Figure 15-4, Figure 15-5, and Figure 15-6).
FIGURE 15-4 NEDU’s Ocean Simulation Facility (OSF).
FIGURE 15-5 NEDU’s Ocean Simulation Facility Saturation Diving Chamber Complex.
FIGURE 15-6 NEDU’s Ocean Simulation Facility Control Room.
mission of the Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory is to conduct
medical research and development in the fields of hyperbaric physiology, operational
psychology and physiology, human factors engineering, and other allied
sciences as they apply to biomedical programs in operational environments
FIGURE 15-7 Naval Submarine Medical Research Library (NSMRL).