Interesting details have emerged of the miniaturized survival kit carried by some US Special Forces troops. Time reports:
SEALs aren’t supposed to find themselves in trouble that they can’t get out of. That’s why the Navy is seeking to buy 300 new survival kits for the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, sometimes known as Navy SEAL Team 6.
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While Navy folks didn’t rush to answer Battleland’s questions about how much the kits are expected to cost, and if they’ve changed recently, it’s neat to peek inside to see what’s there.
But first of all, the SEALs have been known to wreck things. Like helicopters. So the survival kits – a complete kit includes both hard and soft cases — have to be able to endure SEAL abuse.
The hard case is 4-by-2-by-1.2 inches, weighing six ounces or less, and available in both “Desert Tan” or “OD/Forest Green.”
Beyond those particulars, the hard case shall be:
- Capable of limited cooking without effecting the container finish (i.e. paint bubbling)
- Capable of being used as a limited digging implement without affecting its ability to house contents (simultaneous function of digging and housing not required)
- Shall have a weather resistant gasket able to keep out water during minor water immersion (i.e. river crossings, swimming)
- Shall have a fastening system that is reuseable and secure to prevent accidental openings
- Top surface of kit must have permanently affixed a 2” x 3” piece of loop fastener (i.e. soft side of velcro)
- Ruggedized to take heavy abuse while carried without damage to inner contents
- Case shall securely hold all items below without rattling or other noises
The article goes on to provide details of the kit's contents. It's interesting reading for those of us (including yours truly) who are skeptical of commercial 'survival kits', and gives us a baseline of what the professionals use against which to compare civilian offerings.