Friday, May 24, 2024

The Iconic Mark V Dive Helmet Celebrated On the Navy Anniversary

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To celebrate the 248th anniversary of the US Navy, the History of Diving Museum has put together the story of the now legendary Mark V diving helmet.

The unit has a rich history since it is over 100 years old. Key milestones in the Mark V helmet include:

  • 1912 Gunner and diver Geroge D. Stillson is tasked with evaluating standardized diving procedures and equipment.
  • 1916 After the publication of Stillson’s report, The Mark V compressed air helmet was put into production.
  • 1939: The Mixed gas Mark V helmet is used for the first time on the Squalus rescue.
  • The entire suit, including the Mark V, weighed nearly 200lbs/90kg.
  • 1984: the last time the Mark V was used operation before being replaced.

The History of Diving Museum in Florida has a large number of Mark V helmets on display, as well as many of its antecedents, the Mark I through IV. The museum also features a vast range of diving memorabilia from navies and divers worldwide.

Sam Helmy
Sam Helmyhttps://www.deeperblue.com
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for DeeperBlue.com

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