Survival items are intended to provide a
means for sustaining life, aiding in escape and
evasion, and for a suitable detection capability.
Survival items may be packed in life rafts,
droppable kits, kits intended to be carried or worn
by the aircrewmen, or they may be individually
The equipment and survival items car-
ried in the LRU-12/A life raft assembly
differ from that carried in other rafts basi-
cally in the quantity carried, with a few
minor exceptions. Table 6-5 lists the survival
item requirements and the applicable item
storage container and pocket for LRU-12/A,
LRU-13/A, LRU-14 series, and LRU-15/A life
LRU-13/A LIFE RAFT ASSEMBLY
The LRU-13/A life raft assembly consists
of an inflation assembly (carbon dioxide
cylinder and inflation valve) and a seven-
man raft. Two types of carbon dioxide cyl-
inders and four types of inflation valves
are approved for service use. The life raft
is made up of a two-compartment main tube;
an inflatable seat attached to the main tube;
a noninflatable floor attached to the bot-
tom of the main tube and inflatable seat;
and a sea anchor, which is used to retard
drifting. A lifeline, a righting line, a sup-
ply pocket, and a combination supply bag
and bailer are attached to the main tube.
Boarding and righting handles are attached
to the main tube and the floor. Emergency
survival equipment and raft accessories are
stowed in the accessory containers. The life-
line also provides a means for securing the
accessory containers to the life raft. Top-
ping-off valves are located on the main tube
and the main seat. The LRU-13/A life
raft assembly and parts nomenclature are
the same as the LRU-12/A (shown in figure 6-2),
except that the LRU-13/A is longer.
EQUIPMENT AND SURVIVAL ITEMS
The LRU-13/A life raft equipment and
survival item requirements and the applica-
ble storage container are listed in table
PACKING PROCEDURES REMOTE
OR LOCAL PULL
Prior to packing the LRU-13/A life raft
assembly, it must be updated by comparing the
configuration of the assembly with the
modifications listed in NAVAIR 13-1-6.1.
The LRU-13/A life raft assembly may be
packed for droppable inflation, or for installa-
tion into the aircraft nacelle or raft compart-
ment. The method used for packing depends upon
the aircraft application.
NOTE: The inflation cable housing
must not be inserted through the abra-
sion patch sleeve when folding and pack-
ing the raft. The cable housing should be
inserted into the sleeve after the raft is
Here are the packing procedures for the
LRU-13/A life raft assembly. These packing
procedures apply to all methods of packing unless
a specific method for either the droppable or local
mode of inflation is specified in parentheses.
1. Ensure that the raft, carrying case, and
accessory container have been inspected.
2. Ensure that the survival items and raft
accessories have been inspected for expiration and
damage. Refer to table 6-5 for items used.
3. Wrap all sharp or pointed metallic
accessories and survival items with rubber-coated
cloth, and secure the objects with rubber bands.
Stow the accessories and survival items in the
accessory container, or the supplies and bailer
pocket, as applicable.
4. Cover the inflation valve with several layers
of rubber-coated cloth, and secure it with cloth-
based, pressure-sensitive tape. Take the webbing
retaining line, righting line, and sea anchor
mooring line and secure them with rubber bands.
Ensure that all of the topping-off valves are closed
and the raft is
5. Using a
cord, tie the
to the nearest
C O2 cylinder,
10-foot length of type III nylon
accessory equipment container
lifeline loop located next to the
and stow the container inside