Suiting up for undersea job
SOLDIERS AND POLICE OFFICERS from across the region got a chance to improve their diving skills yesterday at an intensive advanced training session conducted by the Royal Canadian Navy’s Fleet Diving Unit Atlantic.
The exercise, part of Tradewinds 2012, took place at the Coast Guard headquarters HMBS?Pelican, where participants were specifically taught about the usage of the bomb suit that divers use when handling underwater explosives.
According to Chief Petty Officer Second Class Andrew Tiffin of the Canadian unit, apart from the opportunity for divers to be exposed to working together in a joint or combined operation, officers were also taught how to manoeuvre in contaminated waters.
The officers will also be given a demonstration on the use of the Seabotix VLB 950 (sea robot) equipment – a valuable tool used to detect sunken vessels and effect timely rescues by divers.
Tradewinds 2012 continues today with a Command Post Exercise at The Crane Resort, St Philip, starting at 10 a.m.
Above, Able Seaman