15-4 U.S. NAVY SATURATION FACILITIES

U.S. NAVY SATURATION FACILITIES

Navy Experimental Diving Unit (NEDU), Panama City, FL.

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. Armed Forces.

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).

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FIGURE 15-4 NEDU’s Ocean Simulation Facility (OSF).

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FIGURE 15-5 NEDU’s Ocean Simulation Facility Saturation Diving Chamber Complex.

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FIGURE 15-6 NEDU’s Ocean Simulation Facility Control Room.

Naval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (NSMRL), New London, CT.

The 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).

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FIGURE 15-7 Naval Submarine Medical Research Library (NSMRL).

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