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Three men swimming in icy water as several men on a boat watch.
Date Taken:
1946
Photograph By:
U.S. Navy, NSF

The U.S. Navy one-piece cold weather swimsuit underwent tests in icy Antarctic waters, in this historical photo. Three 5-man teams each stayed in the ice-laden waters of the Bay of Whales for a period of twenty minutes. No harmful effects were noted or reported. Under the rubber swim suit the men wore only one pair of long underwear. Each man had a 25-foot safety line tied around their waist. This was during Operation Highjump.

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