All Navy Carriers to Deploy with Dive Chambers to Treat Sick Pilots

In January, the carrier George H. W. Bush deployed from its Norfolk, Virginia, homeport with a new piece of gear aboard: a transportable recompression chamber, traditionally used to treat Navy divers suffering from the bends.

By the end of the carrier’s deployment, the egg-shaped chamber would be used to treat five pilots who experienced hypoxia-like systems or compression problems in flight.

Now, the Navy plans to put one aboard every deploying carrier.

Capt. James McCall, commanding officer of the Bush’s Carrier Air Wing 8, told in an October interview that the carrier’s seven-month deployment saw the highest number of “physiological episodes,” as the…

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