Klaipeda, Lithuania (November 19, 2022): A Navy warship has hit a mine and is limping towards port as the crew struggles to keep the vessel and crew afloat. Waiting for them are some of the world’s most experienced and skillful divers in the world ready to tackle any type of underwater repair needed to save the ship and crew.
These scuba divers are called upon to handle wartime situations like these and many more.
Navy divers perform their duties in port and in the open ocean using all manner of underwater breathing devices, from the traditional SCUBA to mixed gas breathing apparatus for deep water dives. Their primary role is salvage operations in waters up to 300 feet deep and their duties range from recovering entire ships to retrieving debris spread over miles of ocean floor. In dealing with battle damage, these professionals perform highly complex underwater repairs to surface ships and submarines that are essential to keeping the fleet operational. They wear state of the art diving equipment to perform underwater cutting and welding tasks using hydraulic tool systems requiring skill and accuracy to operate. From constructing watertight enclosures to prevent flooding to replacing 80-ton ships anchors, if it is under the water line, Navy divers can handle it.
But their skills do not stop there.
A major part of their duties involve explosive demolitions to clear channels and waterways of obstructions so the fleet can operate freely. Divers are called upon to defuse mines or other enemy placed explosive devices under the most challenging conditions.
A growing role for Navy divers is to support Naval Special Warfare operators by delivering and recovering SEAL swimmer vehicles from submarines during special operations insertions. As recognized experts in all underwater work, Navy divers are trained in the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of all diving related illnesses. They provide emergency treatment as well as performing clinical hyperbaric treatments for various non-diving related illnesses.
Finally, Navy divers may be called upon to perform extreme deep-water rescues of submarine crews to a depth of 2,000 feet.
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