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).
Table with different types of grenades. "All pictures were taken while I was with the Korean 9th Inf Div out of Ninh Hoa, Vietnam. When SF was sent back to the states I was transferred to the ROK 9th as NCOIC. I participated in several missions. The pictures were taken on my last mission, when all 3 regiments went into the mountains for 3 weeks." -Vietnam Veteran. Photo Taken 1970-71 courtesy of Tony Kristol.
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.
Aerial view of a napalm strike. Photo by David Adams, a Cobra pilot in the gun group during the years 1970-1971 with the Scout Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment. 1969-1970. Courtesy of Mike Gustin. http://www.dtroop.com/
Kingsman Huey destroyed by detonated mine. "It exploded under the pilots seat, blowing him and seat through back of aircraft. I medevaced him to hospital in Phu Bai. He survived his wounds thanks to armored seat. One GI on firebase was killed when aircraft flipped on him. Mike Grisey says: I remember that mission... If it wasn't for the Door Gunner's eagle eye spotting the wires leading to mine on top of that abandoned fire base, we would have landed on top of it, and that could have been '798 blown apart... By the time we notified the ships behind us, it was too late." Photo by and comments by Tom Everhart
'Perfect terrain for guerrilla warfare'. Lance Corporal Robert Slater of Holsworthy, NSW searches vehicle loads for weapons or explosives at a road block check opposite the base area of 5RAR. By 1966, when Australian troops moved into Phuoc Tuy Province, the area was controlled by the Viet Cong. The Australians' role involved setting up check points, clearing villages and controlling the transport of food, weapons and medical support to Viet Cong forces as well as their involvement in patrols and combat operations. Share