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).
Clearance Diving Team (CDT) Preparing Demolition Charges
Able Seaman Clearance Divers: J L Garrett and A J Sherlock with Lieutenant A A Davis, Royal Australian Navy (RAN), members of the Clearance Diving Team (CDT) 3 – 5th Contingent, preparing demolition charges, 1969.
Clearance Diving Team 3, R.A.N., United and Undaunted. Clearance Diving Team 3 personnel accompanied patrols into the dense mangrove swamps of the Rung Sat Special Zone, also known as the ‘Forest of Assassins’.
RAN Clearance Diving Team 3, US Navy and ARVN Personnel Searching for Enemy Mines and Obstructions
RAN (Royal Australian Navy) Clearance Diving Team 3, USN and Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN) personnel searching for enemy mines and obstructions in a Mekong River tributary. Three heavily armed USN river patrol craft are positioned at regular intervals and provide protection to smaller outboard-motor-powered boats which are manned by mixed crews from the three allied forces. Several men are in the water attaching demolition charges to a row of stakes which could have been placed by the Viet Cong.