NSMRLNaval Submarine Medical Research Laboratory (US Navy; Groton CT, USA)
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NSMRL's expertise and experience in the realm of psychological screening was recently leveraged at the Naval Service Training Center, as part of the Navy's efforts to maximize its return on human capital.
NSMRL determines the extent to which physical ailments, such as kidney stones, could impact a submariner's ability to deploy to sea.
An area of expertise and ongoing work at NSMRL that is relevant to other warfare communities is exposure to damaging levels of noise.
Joe Russotti, who has worked at NSMRL for more than 35 years, is currently working to develop an electronic stethoscope for military use, ensuring that abnormal heart and lung sounds are preferentially amplified.
NSMRL is frequently tapped by the fleet to get short-term answers not requiring a formal research study.
With its work in Human Performance, NSMRL plays a leading role in researching ways for warfighters to perform their missions more effectively.
NSMRL is now planning a similar sea trial aboard a fast-attack submarine.
In other sonar work, NSMRL and NAVSEA engineers have collaborated to upgrade sonar audio digital signal processing specifications.
NSMRL has studied situational awareness among submarine officers and is now partnering with Klein Associates, which has worked extensively on improving team decision-making in firefighters and personnel in hospital intensive-care units and other high-stress environments.
Wayne Horn and his team at NSMRL have dedicated considerable effort in developing survival and escape equipment and procedures.
NSMRL is an integral member of COMNAVSUBFOR's Submarine Escape and Rescue Review Group, and is responsible for ongoing revisions for the Disabled Submarine Survival Guide, the Guard Book.
Finding survivors who do escape can be difficult, and NSMRL is testing new infrared reflecting streamers to enhance detection of DISSUB survivors at sea.