A large proportion of our work involved physiological research. This called for volunteer divers
from the Ministry of Defence scientific and support staff, the Directorate of Marine Salvage and
the Royal Navy as well as from a range of commercial organisations. Whatever the activity,
an appropriate environment in which to operate had to be considered. For example,
life support trials required a shore-based venue where (for obvious reasons) conditions
could be controlled. Nascent JIM divers would also need a safer environment in order
to develop the confidence necessary to progress to sea trials.
was never really an option and therefore all participants had to be prepared to get
their hands dirty. Consequently, although we were ostensibly based at RNPL most of our
time was spent at a variety of
other locations throughout the UK, both military and civilian. Sadly, many of the
establishments no longer exist or have changed their name and/or their purpose.