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The Skin They're In: U.S. Navy Diving Suits

The Skin They're In: U.S. Navy Diving Suits, currently on display at the Naval Undersea Museum, highlights the diving suits Navy divers depend on for warmth and protection as they work worldwide in conditions ranging from arctic ice to tropical waters. The exhibit uses artifacts, photographs, interviews, and interactive activities to examine why divers need diving suits and how they use them. This online version of The Skin They're In includes the main ideas and images from the original exhibit.

Navy Diver Interviews

In this short video, retired Navy divers Master Diver Jason Brustad, Commander Darlene Iskra, and Chief Engineman Norm Haas explain what it is like to wear and work in different diving suits. Chief Engineman Haas was a Mark V diver during the Vietnam War, Commander Iskra was one of the Navy's first female deep sea divers, and Master Diver Brustad recently retired as the master diver at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard/Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Collectively, their experiences and careers cover each kind of diving suit featured in the exhibit.


 

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