Divers at Little Creek test new safety equipment

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Divers at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story are testing new equipment to develop a better understanding of the underwater environment.

The Diver 6 telemetry system is designed to let supervisors better monitor divers in real time. It tracks a diver's location, diver's depth, diver's air pressure, breathing rate and how long they have left to breathe based on the depth.

Until now, supervisors have had to depend on the diver to relate what's happening under water.

"If a diver were to get trapped, I can now know exactly where he is," said Chief Warrant Officer Coy Everage, assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Group 2 Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit (MDSU) 2. "I can point another diver to him. I know how much air he has left just while he is doing his regular day to day job and I know how much air he has left for decompression in the event of an emergency."

On June 17, Gene Garcia, a representative for the Diver 6 system, was at the base to talk with sailors from various diving communities before a practice dive.

Commands in the Virginia Beach area are among the first to test the new system and practice putting it into use before it can be used for mission essential dives, the Navy noted.

Navy Diving is celebrating the Year of the Military Diver, marking 100 years since the Mark V diving helmet was first developed. It became the cornerstone piece of equipment for divers for more than 65 years. It's no longer in use.


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