Clearance Diving Team 3
Royal Australian Navy (RAN)explosivessoldiersSpecial Forces
Clearance Diving Team 3, 8th Contingent, based at Da Nang. Back row: Able Seaman (AB) CD Larry (Digger) Digney; AB CD Tony Ey, AB Brian (Blue) Furner. Front row: Acting PO CD Phil (Narra) Narramore, Lieutenant Edward (Jake) Linton and Chief Petty Officer CD John (Speed) Gilchrist, 1970. [Image courtesy of Tony Ey] Initially it was mine clearance. That was the role of clearance divers. They were mine clearance but that's expanded and took on everything until now they are basically the Australian equivalent of the American Navy SEAL [Sea, Air Land personnel]. They parachute, they shore base, they are weapon specialists, anti-terrorist the whole box and dice. But Vietnam kicked it off. That really kicked off the clearance diving branch. Photo by Clearance Diver Tony Ey, RAN (Royal Australian Navy).
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