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.”