Cmdr. William Marks, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs Officer, participates in a command MCU2P Protective Gas Mask “fit test” for U.S. 7th Fleet Staff embarked on the flagship USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19).
The fit tests provide an assessment for sea going commands by analyzing each individuals face size and breathing style for deployable Sailors prior to getting underway.
The test consists of Sailors donning a gas mask then having a plastic hood placed over their heads while a simulated gas leaks into the hood. The sensors inside the hood and the mask then determine whether the gas has leaked or not.
Image credit: Joshua Karsten/US Navy