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opportunity to work side-by-side on a
task that will provide a tangible record
for the people of Hobart," CMDR
HMA Ships Huon and Diamantina
provided mine sweeping and hunting
capabilities during the exercise. Both
ships conducted their assigned tasks in
the approaches to Hobart, which pro-
vided an ideal protected waterway for
mine hunting activities.
"The ship's companies of Huon and
Diamantina performed diligently and
efficiently," CMDR Schopen said.
"The waterways of the Derwent
River provided challenging opportuni-
ties that enhanced the training of the
sonar operators. The environmental
conditions were, at times trying, but not
Unmanned underwater vehicles
from the Mine Warfare and Geospatial
Deployable Systems Team enhanced
the mine hunting capability and pro-
vided additional survey capability of the
wrecked MV Lake Illawarra.
ACDT One was augmented by
personnel from ACDT Four and Dive
Team's Six and Ten. Personnel from
Dive Team Ten, based in Hobart, pro-
vided thorough pre-deployment assess-
ment and support to exercise planners.
CMDR Schopen said the personnel
from Dive Team Ten were integral to the
success of the exercise.
"Their planning and stakeholder
liaison in the lead up to, and during,
the exercise has been first rate and is a
reflection of the strong teamwork and
leadership underpinning the team," he
In addition to the clearance and
reserve divers, Dugong was supported
by a company of USN salvage divers
from Mobile Diving Salvage Unit
-- One, based in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii.
For them, the exposure to cold water
and riverine salvage diving proved
a challenging but rewarding change
to their usual operations in the warm
waters of Oahu.
Community engagement was a key
focus for this year's Dugong with an
open day held to showcase the Navy
lifestyle and employment opportunities.
About 1600 people enjoyed the displays
and ships opened to the public. The
dive tank in particular was a drawcard,
with children enjoying many games of
noughts and crosses with the divers. The
opportunity to engage with the people
of Hobart gave mine warfare sailors and
clearance divers the chance to showcase
a rarely seen capability in the city.
The units involved in Dugong left
Hobart with enhanced mine warfare and
clearance diving core skills and sound
preparation for upcoming exercises and
deployments, while also being better
prepared to respond to any operational
CMDR Schopen said the focus for
the task group would now turn to re-
deployment and planning for the next
mine warfare and clearance diving exer-
cise in the Navy calendar -- Mulgogger
"Dugong's success is a result of the
personnel involved and their continued
application of effort over the two-week
period. I am proud of the exercise out-
comes and the competencies achieved."
wash with DPNU's with more than 200
Fleet Training Activity Dugong. The annual
ces Navy's Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving
ducted in a different location each year.
eports from Tasmania.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: ABCD Dave Wyatt helps Jayden Humes of Hobart win a game of noughts and
crosses with the diver in the tank as part of the open day in Hobart.
KITTED UP: ABCD Jason Lavis
waits to enter the Derwent River
to conduct a wreck survey on MV
Lake Illawarra underneath the
Tasman Bridge in Hobart.
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