Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Part 7, Total War; Chapter 5, Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Choi.
I was beginning to wonder if the resources were available to hunt down all those underwater ghouls. Seems that’s the job for Michael Choi and others like him.
I don’t like the idea of donning a mesh suit or other such combat gear. Not underwater. Where there are still millions of them. They to calculate that there are somewhere between twenty and thirty million ghouls. Some washing up on shore or being caught in fishing nets, the majority still remaining in the oceans. Unfortunately they don’t rot, what fish in their right mind would want to try eating a zombie.
Like animals, they know that something is wrong with the ghouls and do their best to avoid them. The human population can’t afford to, and resorts to hunting them.
I think they are attributing too much to the ghouls, I don’t think they would have any way of predicting their movements. The ghouls don’t think, they just eat. They swarm where the food is and keep moving about until food is located.
Hunting them using Atmospheric Diving Suits, ADS, is preferable to scuba gear.
Unfortunately the Master Chief has seen or heard of many a diver having to surface too quickly and then succumbing to the bends. Being attacked by zombies with no escape other than surfacing is a terrifying prospect. A simple spear gun isn’t going to prevent Zack from trying to get your insides on your outsides, regardless of manoeuvrability.
However, who wants to die screaming into their demand valve (of their diving regulator) and who wants to pull of the mask of a diver who has died in such a manner.
An ADS, therefore, seems well suited to what Michael calls blue and black water combat.
Sealed within a protective bubble of armour and surface pressured atmosphere. An underwater suit of armour.
I think I would still be terrified to see even a lone zombie while inside the ADS, but perhaps fear would be an average reaction to such danger. I personally would constantly be afraid of the zombies trying to break into the submersible but Michael tells that many divers would get snagged up on cables and have to wait until their mission was completed before assistance arrived. They never dived alone, a wise precaution even under ideal conditions (the buddy system).
He explains about the various types of ADS models, most, if not all of them, built pre-war. Some were hardly suited for combat and those early models hardly had any manoeuvrability at all. It seems Michael has a deep appreciation for the members of the British Special Boat Service, although he doesn’t mention any other groups I can only assume his admiration extends to those other divers. Especially due to the equipment they are having to utilise.
Kick-ass divers, the SBS, but I’d never swap jobs with them.
Evidently he wouldn’t like to swap his current ADS model for those early JIMs or SAMs. Can’t say I blame him really.
The incident at Troll is when opinions changed for the underwater workers, even DeStRes had to re-think their strategies.
Troll. We were in the North Sea, repairing that Norwegian natural gas platform, and suddenly there they were…
He and the team was expecting some kind of zombie attack but they didn’t anticipate a swarm so close by.
Being attacked on land is one thing, but underwater.
Michael describes the situation and even though he reckons he was only “spooked”, I would have soiled myself.
Pity the average civilian though.
The civilian oil workers, they wouldn’t go back to work, even under threat of reprisals, until we, their escorts, were better armed. They’d lost enough of their people already, ambushed out of the darkness.
Big surprise that.
The DSCC became an official outfit and the civilians had their protection.
After that came beachhead sanitation duties (easy job) which lead to harbor clearing (not so bloody easy).
I don’t want to think about how claustrophobic it had to be cleaning out sunken ships, clearing them of the infected.
Good luck to Michael when they decide to replace him and other divers with Remotely Operated Vehicles and a happy retirement to him. He sounds like he’ll enjoy getting out of the Navy, perhaps he could do with the rest.