Section V. UNIT PREPARATION OF EQUIPMENT FOR USE
3-14. GENERAL. This section provides instructions for unit preparation of the STEPO-I ensemble prior to use by the
operator. Preparation of the encapsulating protective suit and associated equipment for use in the tether mode and
rebreather mode are presented here.
3-15. PREPARATION OF THE ENCAPSULATING PROTECTIVE SUIT FOR USE.
Ensure the encapsulating protective suit had been properly stored, ready for use. Refer to paragraph 3-11.1.1.
Ensure external back take-up straps are connected and tight for use with the EBA and tethered air system.
External back take-up straps should not be connected for use with the rebreather system.
3-16. PREPARATION OF THE TETHER LINE FOR USE .
Ensure the tether line assembly had been properly stored, ready for use. Refer to paragraph 3-11.1.2.
Remove the ties from the coiled tether line assembly and uncoil it.
A maximum of six 50-foot lengths of tether line may be used to form a 300-foot tether line assembly.
Female tether line fittings and adapter F101 have preformed packing in them.
Ensure tether line female fittings and adapter F101 (1) have the preformed packing in place.
Connect the required number of 50-foot lengths of tether line (2) together and tighten fittings (3) using two
Apply anti-seize tape to the threads of adapter F101 (1) and adapter F102 (4).
Attach adapter F101 (1) and adapter F102 (4) to opposite ends of the tether line and tighten using two wrenches.
Attach quick disconnect (5) to adapter F101 (1) and tighten using two wrenches.