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October 27, 2011
By CAPT Simone Heyer
POCD "C", who cannot be
named for security reasons,
cops plenty of good natured
ribbing from his team at
the Special Operations Task Group
(SOTG) in Tarin Kot, but it's not
unexpected given he is the only
Navy person there.
POCD C was posted to the
Incident Response Regiment in
Sydney just over two years ago and
has recently deployed to Afghanistan
as part of SOTG Rotation XVI.
His deployment marks the first
time a clearance diver has deployed
to SOTG as an Explosive Ordnance
Disposal (EOD) Technician.
And while he is the first, POCD
C doesn't believe he will be the last.
"I'm very proud and happy that
I could come here and I think the
Navy is very happy to have someone
with SOTG," he said.
"I think that as a consequence
of my experiences more clear-
ance divers are being posted to the
Incident Response Regiment, which
will mean more deployments to
SOTG, and I think if my time here
wasn't successful that might not have
POCD C, who has been in the
Navy for 16 years and a clearance
diver for 14, said while the concept
of an EOD technician was similar
across all three Services, he still
needed to adapt for his current role.
"The main differences I've found
working with SOTG and our partners
are that you need to be more adaptive
and able to insert and support teams
in a more unconventional manner,"
"I guess the hardest part is the
added complexity of fitting in with
SOTG operations and adapting the
equipment and techniques you use
without affecting the outcome or pur-
pose of the mission."
POCD C said he wasn't the only
one learning through the experience.
"This deployment is a great
opportunity for me to display my
skills as a clearance diver and show
the guys at SOTG what a clearance
diver is able to bring to the opera-
tion," he said.
Being the only Navy person in a
sea of green doesn't faze him either.
"The subordinates I have show
me the same amount of respect as
they would any sergeant and the
command treat me no differently
than anyone else in their team.
"There is definitely general rib-
bing and banter that Army and Navy
are known for, but I take that on
board and play along with it and I
quite enjoy it.
"But I'm proud of being from the
key for RAN
SKILLS: POCD "C"
checks out an anti-per-
sonnel mine and other
explosive devices he
came across as part of
his role with the Special
Operations Task Group
Photo: LAC Leigh Cameron
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