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Head protection.

Recently, during a submarine safety survey, I was inspecting the contents of the boat's helicopter transfer bag. Everything was according to the Allowance Equipage List (AEL) until I ran across several commercial bicycle helmets (see page 7). The COB informed me that squadron had approved the commercial bicycle helmets to be used in place of the cranial helmets listed on the AEL. The bicycle helmets were commercial, off-the-shelf products, bought locally and did not have any American National Standards Institute (ANSI) rating! I had not heard of any commercial helmet being authorized to replace the cranial helmet so I contacted NAVSEA. They confirmed that the cranial helmet listed on the AEL (2-330023065) is the only head protection authorized for submarine use. Don't take anyone's word on what is or is not approved for use. Ask them to provide you the written reference that says it is approved.
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Title Annotation:submarines
Author:Clements
Publication:FLASH
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Mar 1, 2003
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