US Navy SEAL teams are set to receive an uplift in personal equipment with a contract award confirmed on 27 April to supply operators with additional Combat Swimmer Assault Vest (CSAV) solutions.
Announced by the Federal Business Opportunities website, the US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) has awarded Aqua Lung a five-year contract, worth up to $650,000, to deliver an undisclosed number of systems to support maritime special operations.
The commercially available multi-purpose buoyancy compensator provides a life preserver and tactical vest capable of being integrated with Mk16 and Mk25 Underwater Breathing Apparatus for inser-tion/extraction from dry deck shelters and dry combat submersibles (DCS).
According to USSOCOM sources, the CSAV has been certified by SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team 1 (SDVT-1), based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, to support all mission capabilities. These include the full spectrum of special operations including underwater demolitions; maritime counter-terrorism; and special reconnaissance missions.