It is hard to find small pieces of FOD at night, but larger items were periodically discovered: several wrenches, CO2 cartridges and an entire float coat
The K-9 Float coat
is for sailors who like to take their best friend onboard with the highest level of safety.
You may not recognize them in a float coat
and cranial or their green jersey, but stitched on to the back of their required uniform for a RAS are the words that identify them - 'S-8, Muscle of Supply.
The MOBI is a three-part system: a transmitter on the float coat
, a receiver in the pilot house and a directional finder on the rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB).
An individual transmitter, small enough to fit in a specially designed pocket on the float coat
, is water-activated within three to five seconds after full submersion.
During night operations on the flight deck of Kitty Hawk (CV 63) Airmen Frank Fuentesriccardi and Antwan Booker of the air department's aviation fuels division recognized a light flashing on the water as a strobe from a float coat
which all flight deck workers are required to wear.
AEL 2-330013101 (submarine life preservers) authorizes only the new Sterns MK 1 float coat
for submarine use.
PHOTO : Float coat
offers best hypothermia protection
I grabbed my cranial and float coat
and headed to the flight deck.
I grabbed a clean float coat
from the pegboard in the PR shop and slipped it on.
Although there was some anxiety when the air crew said "here's your cranial and float coat
," I have to say that the flight was pretty smooth, the landing sort of abrupt-but that is to be expected when being trapped on a steel wire by a hook at the back of the plane.
Would-be rescuers found the football, along with the float coat
and smoke float shipmates had thrown him, but there was no sign of the missing PO3.