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Friday, July 10, 2015

First Female Divers Crew and Operate a Dual-Mode Underwater Vehicle

Proteus DMUVHuntington Ingalls Industries' Undersea Solutions Group (USG) subsidiary made history in June as its two female divers became the first women to crew and drive a dual-mode underwater vehicle (DMUV).

Chloe Mallet, an ocean engineer, and Andrea Raff, a mechanical engineer, crewed and operated USG's Proteus, a submersible able to operate as a manned swimmer delivery vehicle (SDV) and as an unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV).

Mallet and Raff are certified as rescue divers. They have undergone extensive training with Proteus and assist with its maintenance. To prepare for operating the vehicle, the women trained in the company's test tank and supported pre- and post-dives with USG's more experienced pilots.

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