Story by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Susan C. Damman

BREMERTON, Wash. – Contractors from Gryphon Technologies began fitting Sailors stationed aboard USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) for Chemical, Biological, Radiological (CBR) gear in Stennis’ damage control training classroom March 9.

The fitting process requires Sailors to get into Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) level 4 to ensure the whole suit, including overgarments, overboots and gloves fit properly.

After trying on the suit, Sailors wear the MCU-2/P gasmask under the hood of the Joint Service Mask Leakage Tester (JSMLT). The JSMLT pumps a harmless, odorless gas into the hood and measures the masks for leaks. Sailors perform five tests under the hood to simulate different situations.

“Basically, when you’re under the hood it puts you in a CBR environment,” said Joshua Leiva, a contractor from Gryphon Technologies. ” We have them do five tests because when they’re out in the field that’s what they’re going to be doing. When they’re running, they’re deep breathing. When they’re looking up, down, left to right, that’s what they do in the field.”

Stennis expects to fit more than 2000 Sailors for CBR gear March 9-20, said David Sanders, a contractor from Gryphon Technologies.

If Stennis Sailors miss their departments’ designated time, they can be fitted March 19-20.

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