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THE Derwent River and the
approaches to Hobart were
home to some of Australia's
most sophisticated mine war-
fare equipment during the two-week
exercise that saw 106 tonnes of mine
warfare and clearance diving equip-
ment transported to Hobart by HMAS
Tobruk (CMDR Peter Thompson).
Focused on combined mine counter-
measures, underwater battle damage and
repair and salvage operations, part of the
training activities involved conducting
a survey of the wreck of the MV Lake
Illawarra, while the Auxiliary Mine
Sweeper Bandicoot provided a platform
for members from Australian Clearance
Diving Team (ACDT) One and
Australian Reserve Diving Team Ten.
The clearance divers confirmed the
structural integrity of the wreck and
checked the position did not pose a
hazard to the Tasman Bridge. The team
of divers used helmet mounted video
cameras to record footage of the wreck
for historical records and for the benefit
of the bridge operators.
Commander Australian Mine
Warfare and Clearance Diving Task
Group, CMDR Dean Schopen, said the
wreck provided a mutually beneficial
opportunity for the Navy as a fantastic
diving task, as well as the civil authori-
ties of Hobart which would receive high
quality footage of a significant histori-
cal wreck that lay close to the Tasman
"The divers, both permanent Navy
and those based here in Hobart as part
of the Navy Reserve, have a unique
Hobart was recently aw
personnel involved in F
training activity enhanc
capabilities and is cond
LEUT Kara Wansbury re
WELL TRAINED: (Above) Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving
Operational Support Unit personnel tow magnetic mine sweeping
equipment in the Derwent River.
IN CONTROL: (Left) ABCD Scott Brossman con-
trols the depth, air and communications system
for the two divers below conducting a survey of
the wreck of the MV Lake Illawarra.
IN SUPPORT: HMAS Wallaroo in
the Derwent River while supporting
Exercise Dugong in Hobart.
HELPING HAND: (Right) A clearance diver is
recovered to Auxiliary Mine Sweeper Bandicoot
after completing a survey of the wreck of the MV
JOINT ACTIVITY: (Above) USN Mobile Diving Salvage Unit One personnel
exit the Huon River in front of a submerged wreck.
SHOWCASING ALL NAVY OFFERS: (Left) HMAS Huon at the open day in
GETTING READY: (Right) ACDT One's
LEUT Dan Sheleen prepares for an exercise
mine to be towed ashore.
Photos: ABIS Justin Brown
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