New Page Uploaded: RAN Clearance Divers


Surg Lt Jamie Vassallo being prepared for army diving sessionI have just uploaded a new webpage ‘Royal Australian Navy Clearance Diving Teams‘ under the main page ‘Australian Elite and Special Forces

What does the new page tell us?

  • What is clearance diving.
  • A brief history.
  • The role of clearance divers.
  • Women and clearance divers.
  • Outline and organisation of the clearance diving branch.
  • Entry standards and applications.
  • Outline of clearance diver training (the bit most people are after).
  • Miscellaneous, such as: pay and allowances; return of service; rank structure; useful links, books; and documentaries.

There is debate as to whether the RANs clearance divers are special forces, I will leave it to the Royal Australian Navy to explain, as described in the Australian Maritime Doctrine published in 2010 (p.153):

“Navy clearance divers are the human face of undersea warfare. As the RAN’s own elite special forces they undertake minewarfare, reconnaissance, salvage and covert operations.”

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