This Sinking Ship Simulator Is As Scary And Wet As The Real Thing

The Royal Navy's sinking ship simulator is officially named the Phoenix Damage Repair and Instructional Unit, or DRIU (pronounced 'drew'). It buffets trainees with rushing water from multiple holes created by "missile strikes," and can even tilt a full 15 degrees to mimic ocean conditions. Trainees have to block the holes by hammering wooden wedges into them and ceasing the flow of water. According to the Royal Navy, this type of training has saved at least two flooding ships from sinking.

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The Royal Navy's sinking ship simulator allows instructors to control everything from water levels to the tilt of the "ship." 00:43

  2. Trainees must plug the holes in the sinking ship simulator by hammering wedges into them. 03:35

  3. Flooded compartments will remove buoyancy and stability from a ship, and can eventually cause a ship to sink. 06:05

Written by Curiosity Staff April 26, 2016

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