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Research -- Submarine Medicine

Psychological Qualifications for Submarine Service

Using SUBSCREEN, the NSMRL-developed psychological screening test, all Naval Submarine School students are tested to determine their suitability for living in a submarine’s extreme environment, and their likelihood of attrition due to misconduct, alcohol/drug abuse and mental health disorders prior to the end of their first enlistment.

Submarine Atmosphere Health Assessment Program (SAHAP)

NSMRL is the lead for the NAVSEA-sponsored program that monitors the atmosphere aboard submerged nuclear submarines.

Atmosphere Monitoring Technology

Submariner Mortality Study

NSMRL is conducting a study in cooperation with New York University to review the mortality of over 9,000 submariners who served from 1969 to 1982.



Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Pack for Submarine Rescue Mass Casualty Situations

Submarine Medicine Team evaluated five commercial individual oxygen supply systems that will allow personnel rescued from a disabled submarine to be supplied oxygen in a hyperbaric environment. The selected systems will decrease the time required to decompress individuals exposed to a pressurized atmosphere thus improving overall survival rate in mass casualty situation in which large numbers of personnel require decompression chamber treatment.

The Submarine Medicine Team conducts basic and applied research on biomedical aspects of submarine and diving environments. It focuses on ways to optimize the health and job performance of our undersea warfighters. Our goal is to increase mission effectiveness by reducing attrition due to conditions, both psychological and physical, which may cause a submariner to be unfit for submarine service.

The team is also the lead location for the NAVSEA-sponsored Submarine Atmosphere Health Assessment Program (SAHAP). SAHAP's mission is to perform occupational health research, development, testing and evaluation as part of the effort to develop criteria necessary for establishing exposure limits in U. S. submarines. This program uses standard industrial hygiene air sampling techniques, developed for the eight working hour per day civilian workplace, adapted for the unique environment of an operating U. S. Navy nuclear submarine which may remain submerged for many weeks.

 Personnel and Facilities

The team is led by a Royal Navy Exchange Medical Officer, and includes two USN Undersea Medical Officers, one Ph.D.-level physiologist, one Ph.D.-level industrial hygienist, one Ph.D. -level biological psychologist, one retired U. S. Navy submarine commanding officer, an Independent Duty Corpsman, and a physical science technician. We have strong collaborations with the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, New York University, Old Dominion University, State University of New York at Buffalo, Air Force Research Laboratory/Human Effectiveness Directorate, the Bureau of Medicine and Surgerey, the U. S. Army Institute of Environmental Medicine, the Navy Environmental Health Center, the Naval Research Laboratory and various groups at Naval Sea Systems Command.

We have access to the three submarine squadrons in Submarine Group Two, including the Submarine Development Squadron Twelve and the U. S. Navy Submarine School, with its sophisticated training facilities.

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