This article covers more detailed information about the survival vest
which is commonly used by helicopter crews of the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the
The Load Carrying Jerkin Mk
3NL is designed for the provision of personal armor, weapons and survival equipment. The
garment consists of a waistcoat assembly, (fitted with a single piece of armor plate to
provide protection for the front of the torso), a detachable flotation assembly and an
The garment is constructed so that for operation over land, the flotation assembly (c/w
inflatable stole) may be omitted. For operations over water, the flotation assembly and
inflatable stole must be fitted.
The waistcoat is manufactured
in three sizes, Size 1, 2 and 3; and the flotation ably is common to all sizes. Provision
exists for waist and crotch strap adjustment. In addition, two webbing lanyards provide a
convenient means of adjusting the position of the front amour plate.
The most common package method
of the pockets of the Mk.3NL in the Royal Netherlands Air Force is as follows.
Left hand pocket:
- Pencil flare launcher plus 9 flares in etui.
- Break light Cyalume, green
- Signal mirror
- 4 penlite type AA batteries for firefly strobe light
- 4 penlite type AAA batteries for flashlight
- Survival blanket
- Spare battery for PRC-90 radio
- Firefly strobe light
Right hand pocket:
- Drinking water 2x 100ml
- Booklet sea survival
- Victorinox survival knife
- Signal Smoke/Illuminate
- First aid kit
Small pocket above left hand pocket:
- When overseas: heeds bottle
Back pocket right:
- PRC-90 emergency radio
The flotation assembly
comprises of a stole pouch and a stole restrainer. It is detachable by means of three
The flotation assembly is close! by touch-and-close fastener around the periphery edge of
the assembly. Five snap fasteners, four at the lower left hand side arum one at the lower
right hand side, are fitted to the closing edges to provide reinforcement in these areas.
The stole restrainer is conspicuously colored fluorescent orange to assist in visual
location of the wearer when used in water. An aperture in the neck section, dosed by a
sliding fastener, provides access for the insertion or removal of the internal inflatable
The right hard lobe is fitted with pockets to house the oral inflation tube and strobe
light. An aperture Is provided for the passage of the oral inflation tube.
On the left hand lobe an aperture permits the inflation mechanism of the inflatable stole
to protrude through, and connect up to the C02 Cylinder which is retained in a fabric
sleeve stitched to the stole restrainer.
Reflective sheeting Is located on the front to assist in locating the survivor.
With special thanks to Beaufort Air-Sea