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November 25, 2010
With the end of the year approaching, many of us
are starting to wind down. Not so for Australian
Clearance Diving Team Four (AUSCDT Four).
Instead, AUSCDT Four has been conducting work-
ups to ensure its personnel are trained and ready
to respond when called upon.
THE Maritime Tactical
Operations (MTO) Element
within AUSCDT Four
recently conducted exercises
to teach new members the special-
ised tactics and methods required to
perform duties as MTO clearance
The MTO Element within
AUSCDT Four is required to pro-
vide very shallow water mine coun-
ter measures detection and disposal,
which involves reconnaissance of the
seabed and areas to the back of the
Clearance divers in the MTO
Element are trained in subsurface
insertion and extraction, and must
know how to use small arms and tac-
tics.They work in small teams and are
versatile in how and where they can
be employed at short notice -- this
includes counter-IED through to coun-
ter-piracy boarding operations around
-- POCD Sean Walker
FROM THE SEA: (Below
and left) SMNCD Joshua
Cummins and AUSCDT Four
clearance divers practise
beach insertion techniques
Photos: LSIS Phillip Cullinan
Training doesn't take
Digitally enhanced image
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