The Safety Equiment and Survival branch of the Royal Navy was, and is, responsible for Safety Equipment ie:- Parachutes, liferafts, flying clothing and
ejection seat drogues etc. Sounds simple! There's a lot more to it than that.
Many people see service aircraft flying overhead and take them for granted? Mechanics, Technicians, Artificers, Air traffic controllers, Aircraft handlers, Meteorlogical and Photograpic sections, Firefighters, Cooks, Stores, Medical and Motor transport.....and so the list goes on and they all play their part in keeping the aircraft flying safely and reliably. However, from time to time accidents do happen, and that is when the Safety Equipment Branch comes into its own. Teaching aircrew how to use a strop, or these days a modern rescue jacket as in this picture but there are still procedures to follow, to ensure complete safety at all times.
Parachute packing is an art in itself but it is not just
the packing, repairs and quick release boxes. There are different types, for different aircraft. Liferafts, single seaters, five man, twenty man, plus
ancillary equipment and survival packs etc. Flying clothing, lifejackets, helmets, overalls, anti G suits, Charging CO2 bottles, Sewing by machine and by hand....and so the list goes on, everything
has to be done by the book and