The USN DSEND: “a one person submarine”

The Navy Times reports a new hard diving suit is under development to better enable long and deep underwater operations.

“With the suit, we can drop the guy down to the bottom, and he can work for up to six hours, and then come right back up,” McMurtrie said. “He gets out of the suit. Next guy jumps in. Boom. He’s back down for another six hours. […] The DSEND system ”is, in essence, a one-person submarine, but form-fitted to the point where the person can operate like a diver,” Chapman told Navy Times.

It reminds me of what Ford said a few years ago, that the automobile is really an augmentation suit.

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