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    Posted: 03 Jul 2016 at 9:25am
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 Jul 2016 at 9:49am
I think they said this tower test was at 37 feet of depth.  Never went to the tower in New London. but the tower in Pearl  was I believe capable of 50 and 100 feet surfaces, wasn't New London's at least that? 

During our Sub School at Hunters Point there was no tower, instead a group of us went into a recompression chamber at the school, when you went active duty and your boat went to Pearl or New London you scheduled your test.
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The old New London Escape Tower allowed ascent from 100ft. Usually, it was an escape from perhaps 37ft, but when they first used the Steinky Hood I did a 100ft ascent. That was voluntary and ot required. In my BESS class we did the chamber and the tower. The big deal in the chamber was watching our flip flops collapse to the thickness of a Saltine.
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The one thing I remember most vividly was standing in front of the Medical Officer after your assent and saying "I feel fine Sir" whether you did or didn't. Some of us fools went and did it again and again just to round out the groups. 
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During the repairs in NLON on the fire damage in the tower, one of the Nuke MM-1's on Ustafish under construction at EB won a small business Set-Aside Contract to do the pipe covering.  He got his lagging material via cumshaw from EB.


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Please refresh my addled limited memory.  You wore flip flops in the recompression chamber?  I'm thinking we would have worn our dungarees and standard footwear.  Why would that chamber have that affect on flip flops.  I remember walking into it and wondering why it was a recompression rather than a decompression chamber.  I was very  nervous, and wasn't very observant.  During our tower experience at Pearl we did 50 then had the opportunity to do 100.  I didn't like the chamber we got in to start the escape - I'd seem too many television shows where the hero had to escape death as a compartment or room was filled with water.


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It's been a long time, but we wore bathing suits. I think bare feet, this was in 64. The new tower in NL is a swimming pool. Not the same as the old tower. I did it twice free asent and stankie hood asent not sure how many times.
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Bob was correct that we wore our swim suits in the recompression chamber. It was done the same evolution as the tower. We wore the shower shoes to go between both locations. The pressure in the chamber flattened the shower shoes. Come to think of it we did the tear gas training before changing to do blow and go.
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I understand that they stopped using a styrofoam cup as a teaching aid as it's shrinking tended to frighten some. Although I had thought that is what it was originally all about, to sort out the weak.
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Originally posted by Sewer Pipe Snipe Sewer Pipe Snipe wrote:

I understand that they stopped using a styrofoam cup as a teaching aid as it's shrinking tended to frighten some. Although I had thought that is what it was originally all about, to sort out the weak.
I don't think styrofoam cups or flip-flops had been invented when I first went thru in '54. At least I don't remember seeing any.
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