Royal Australian Navy

11/18/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/17/2019 16:37

Joint dive school turns out new Clearance Diver graduates

On Friday 25 October, Basic Clearance Diving Course 86 graduated at the Australian Defence Force Diving School, after an intensive 12 months of training at HMAS Cerberus, HMAS Penguin, Pittwater Training area, Marrangaroo Training area, Singleton Range and the Shoalwater Bay Training area.

The ten graduates successfully completed several phases of training to become qualified Clearance Divers.

This training covered an expansive list of specialist skillsets, with topics including small arms and seamanship, diving yeoman, basic demolitions, explosive ordnance disposal, underwater demolitions, underwater damage repair, mine counter measures (MCM) and expeditionary reconnaissance and clearance.

These phases consisted of diving on all the various types of Australian Defence Force diving equipment, to its maximum depth, using a variety of mixed gases.

Navy's Training Authority Maritime Warfare, Captain John Stavaridis, and Captain Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving, Captain Damien Scully-O'Shea, hosted the Deputy Fleet Commander, Commodore Robert Plath at the graduation ceremony, along with Commodore Training, Commodore Justin Jones, representatives of the Clearance Diver Association and 80 proud family and friends of the graduates.

Certificates of completion and three separate awards were also presented by Captain Scully-O'Shea and Mr Bill Fitzgerald, OAM, who was a student on the first graduating Clearance Divers course in 1955.

The overall Dux for the course was awarded to Able Seaman Clearance Diver Brad Trower for his outstanding performance on all phases of training.

The 'Gutz' award went to Seaman Clearance Diver Jake Hampshire. This award goes to the outstanding performer in all elements of Physical Training throughout the course, and this was presented by Mr Fitzgerald.

Able Seaman Clearance Diver Bradley Telford received the Warfare Community Medallion for continually displaying the highest levels of personal resourcefulness, dedication and determination in all areas of his training.

Course Implementation Officer, Mine Clearance Diving Officer Matthew Rayner, said the new graduates would now go out to make significant contributions to the Fleet.

'With future postings to Australian Clearance Diving Teams One and Four and HMA Ships Gascoyne, Huon and Yarra, there will be a multitude of challenging and rewarding career opportunities for these sailors in the years to come,' he said.

These 10 sailors are the first of two Basic Clearance Diver courses to complete training during 2019 at the Australian Defence Force Diving School, with the second course due to graduate on 9 December.