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Navy Chief Submerges 2,000 Feet, Sets Record

A Navy diver submerged 2,000 feet, setting a record using the new Atmospheric Diving System (ADS) suit, off the coast of La Jolla, Calif. Chief Navy Diver (DSW/SS) Daniel P. Jackson of Navy Reserve Deep Submergence Unit (DSU) was randomly selected to certify the ADS suit for use by the Navy.

The certification was the culmination of 11 years of planning, designing and testing by multiple agencies to develop the ADS suit, also known as the Hardsuit 2000.

Lehnhardt said the project was a collaboration of so many different organizations, such as DSU, Submarine Squadron 5 and Diving Systems Support Detachment.

Developed by OceanWorks International from Vancouver, British Columbia, the Hardsuit 2000 was designed to withstand underwater pressure at 2,000 feet. Current models have only been able to go down as far as 1,200 feet.

Meeting the Navy’s high safety requirements, the ADS suit was designed and acquired by the Navy to support submarine rescue.

“Its specific purpose is to be part of the advance assessment system during a submarine rescue operation,” said Lehnhardt. “The diver in the suit will see what the damage to the sub is and find out where the survivors might be.”

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8 Comments

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    BoathouseShark
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Set what kind of record? Atmospheric systems have been below 2000 FSW long before this, and actually worked as well, rather than merely sitting in the suit at depth.

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    DrRocksotheClown
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    @karllucy98 wow..i'd be tooo scared..just one hairline fracture..and yer head is crushed like an egg…yer dad has some GUTS man.

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    Kat Tsun
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    @MayorVaughn What suit was this, and was it a manned or unmanned dive?

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    fredfinks
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    600m down, 10,370m to go. The Mariana Trench is waiting….

    

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    thetwentysixth hour
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    I wonder?
    Do they wear wet suits under their dry suits for their dive suits?

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    karllucy98
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    my dad held the record in about 1976 in a
    jim suit 1250ft
    sylvia earle broke the record in a jim suit. but she was taken down on a submersible platform

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    twojdupa
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Oceanworks wont sell as they are carrying out commercial contracts…. but they are looking for divers and techs… for up and coming projects

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    Jad Graves
    January 28, 2017 at 2:03 am

    Pretty lucky guy… wish they would have let some of the fleet guys get in on this and not a reservist.

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