HMS Vigilant crest

HMS Vigilant crest

Escapex 2003 - HMS Vigilant

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Located in the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park, Lochgoilhead sits at the head of Loch Goil, a fjord type sea loch.
On a cold winter morning in Loch goil the staff of the Submarine Escape Training Tank situated in Gosport prepare to conduct a Hooded ascent from HMS Vigilant.
The date is the 18th November 2003 and the crew of HMS Vigilant prepare to dive to a predetermined depth between 39 - 42 metres.
HMS Vigilant is a nuclear powered submarine that has a reliable and effective escape system fitted onboard.
HMS Vigilant is fitted with a two man escape tower (Logistic Escape Tower) forard and aft.

Equipment
The SEIE (Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment) Mk 10.

The Objectives of the trial
1. To prove the LET as an escape Tower.
2. To give personnel live escape experience.
3. To maintain the Submarine Flotilla's confidence in the use of the escape system.
4. To obtain accurate depth/time profile for escapes.
5. To gather statistical data on escapes including air usage, ergonomics and physiology.
6. To gain furthur experience with use of the Mk 10 Submarine Escape Immersion Equipment.


Runs conducted during the trial
Two escapees will enter the tower, all valve movements will be controlled by the crew from within the submarine.

Escapees

 

 

 

WOERS Leigh CPO Hughes CPO Stocks CPO Burton CPO Robertson
CPO Callow COXN Hiles COXN Franklin CPO Weller CPO Reidy
LT Cdr Green PO Palmer CPO Jones PO Packer CPOMA Hudson
LT Cdr Cragg
Support staff

 

 

Brian Wood (SME)
INM
Quinetiq

 
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Special thanks to the crew of HMS Vigilant, the trials team from Quinetiq & the Medical support provided by INM

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