Navy explosive ordnance disposal divers will soon be getting the next generation underwater breathing apparatus, or NUBA. The self contained re-breather rig features modernized electronic controls that offer enhanced reliability and automated oxygen distribution.
Designed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Fla., the NUBA allows EOD divers to seek out mine threats in deep water. The system is quiet and unlike SCUBA devices, NUBA emits next to no bubbles, which could signal a diver’s presence.
“In a re-breather, the diver is recycling the majority of his gas. Carbon dioxide is removed and oxygen is added to maintain a breathable mix,” points out Terry Adams, project manager for explosive ordnance disposal fleet diving.