Month Year

Submarine Escape Excercises

??? 1962

HMS TOKEN (UPSHOT 1)

??? tbc

??? (UPSHOT 2)

??? tbc

??? (UPSHOT 3)

JUL 1965

HMS ORPHEUS (UPSHOT 4 Malta - Mk 5/6 SEIE)

??? 1970

HMS OSIRIS (UPSHOT 5 - World record 600 feet keel depth)

OCT 1976

HMS ORPHEUS (Maximum depth 325 feet feet keel depth)

JUN 1977

HMS ORPHEUS (Maximum depth 180 feet keel depth)

JUL 1978

HMS PORPOISE (Maximum depth 310 feet keel depth)

OCT 1978

HMS REVENGE (Maximum depth 140 feet keel depth)

??? 1979

HMS OSIRIS (Maximum depth 230 feet keel depth)

NOV 1980

HMS ONYX (Maximum depth 320 feet keel depth)

OCT 1982

HMS REPULSE (Maximum depth 310 feet keel depth)

NOV 1982

HMS ORACLE (Maximum depth 320 feet keel depth)

OCT 1984

HMS SEALION (Maximum depth 330 feet Tower depth - World record - Mk 8 SEIE)

JUL 1987

HMS OTUS (Maximum depth 601 feet keel depth)

JUN 1989

HMS OPOSSUM (Maximum depth 145 metres - Mk 8 SEIE)

JUL 1991

HMS OCELOT (Maximum depth 90 metres - Mk 8 SEIE)

APR 1993

HMS ORACLE (Maximum depth 90 metres - Mk 8/9/10 SEIE)

APR 1994

HMS URSULA (Maximum depth 300 feet - Mk 8/9/10 SEIE)
Escapex 1994 presented the first opportunity to validate the escape system fitted to the Upholder Class submarine

NOV 2003

HMS VIGILANT (Maximum depth 45 metres - Mk 10 SEIE)
Escapex 2003 presented the first opportunity to validate the escape system fitted to the Vanguard Class submarine and was carried out using the forward LET (2 man Tower) on HMS Vigilant)


The Hall - Rees Submarine Escape equipment
C.1907.





DSEA, invented by Sir Robert Davis, head of Messrs.
It consists of a breathing bag fed with oxygen fitted with a mouthpiece;
a noseclip compels breathing through the mouth.
On the surface, the apparatus acts as a lifebelt.
User must remember to disconnect the mouthpiece when he reaches the surface or else he will suffocate when the oxygen supply is exhausted by breathing pure oxygen under pressure, or in fact over a depth of 60 foot, men may get convulsions or blackouts.

1954 1965 MK.2.
Used for: Compartment Escape (Rush Escape). Utilising a Built in Breathing system (BIBs) and the Buoyant exhaling method of ascent.

1954 1965 MK.5.SEIE.
Used for: Compartment Escape (Rush Escape). Utilising a Built in Breathing system (BIBs) and the Buoyant exhaling method of ascent.

Submarine

1965 SINGLE MAN ESCAPE TOWER fitted at 28 metres in conjunction with MK 6 SEIE. Enhanced escape system, a Hooded suit that allows a normal Breathing method of Ascent.

1971 (MK 7 SEIE) fitted with an improved hood.
A New World Record ESCAPE DEPTH
of 600 feet by the staff off Malta.
HMS OSIRIS (UPSHOT 5 - World record 600 feet keel depth)

Increased Depth World Record 601 feet Norway (MK 8 SEIE) (Submarine escape tower upper hatch depth.)

MK10: This suit is fitted with a single man liferaft. Foreign and commonwealth navies still use this suit.

2008 - present Bfa Liferaft - providing an inflateable Canopy,Deck & Buoyancy ring resulting in a much more stable liferaft



Developement of Escape Training


History of Escape Training Tank

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