Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC) welcomed a Kuwait Navy Delegation to Naval Station Norfolk for a tour, Dec. 11.
MARMC personnel briefed the delegation on MARMC’s dive locker and recompression chamber capabilities during the visit.
Derrick Mitchell, MARMC production manager, said:
The objective of the visit was to provide the Kuwait Navy Delegation with information and capabilities of the recompression chamber and dive boats.
The delegation toured several spaces that included the dive locker, dive boat and recompression chamber. At each space, the delegation was met by a subject-matter expert who briefed them on their capabilities.
Senior Chief Navy Diver Joe Sweeting said:
The chamber we use is the RCF-6500. We use it for pressure test and hyperbaric oxygen treatments. This chamber is one of only five in the world its size.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a well-established treatment for decompression sickness, a hazard of scuba diving. Other conditions treated with hyperbaric oxygen therapy include serious infections, bubbles of air in blood vessels, and wounds that won’t heal as a result of diabetes or radiation injury.
Upon completion of the tour, Colonel Waleed Abdullah, chairman, Kuwait Navy, thanked everyone for their hospitality, and for the tour of the recompression chamber.
Press release, Image: US Navy