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NAVY clearance divers will be able
to dive deeper and for longer periods
with the new Stealth mine counter-
measures (MCM) advanced underwa-
ter rebreather life support system.
Senior divers said the Stealth
MCM kit, that is being rolled out as
part of the rationalisation of Navy
diving equipment by DMO, greatly
enhances capability, performance,
comfort and safety.
for the deep
SBLT Liam Catterson
HMAS Brunei increased its amphib-
ious capability after a successful
workout during Ex Hamel, which
ended on July 9.
The LCH operated in Shoalwater
Bay and Herald Island training areas
and provided much-needed amphibi-
ous support and operational tempo
that is central to maintaining Navy's
Brunei provided amphibious
beach support with HMA Ships
Labuan and Wewak, and also inde-
pendent amphibious taskings in sup-
port of the battle group.
XO Brunei LEUT Brenton-
James Glover said Hamel provided
an excellent training opportunity
for the LCH platfor m, and allowed
crews to hone skills.
Helicopter operations, day and
night beachings, stern-door marriag-
es and recovery operations, allowed
for continuation training goals to be
met and skills development for the
cur rent crew.
"Exercises such as Hamel allow
LCHs to demonstrate their unique
capabilities in a number of environ-
ments and conditions, essential to
the ADF's capability," LEUT Glover
The exercise also allowed for task
book progression for training task
group sailors embarked on Brunei
and allowed the Phase Three Junior
Warfare Application Cou rse stu-
dents the chance to hone core mari-
ner skills necessary for their chosen
"Hamel was a great training
opportunity and I was pleased to take
part," one of Brunei's phase three
students, LEUT Chris Lewis, said.
CO Brunei LEUT Kevin
Whatling said the exercise was
a success and increased the ship's
on Ex Hamel
HMAS Brunei dries
out on Freshwater
Beach with the
ship's company on
the bow door.
Photo: SBLT Morgan Pierce
NEW GEAR: CPOCD Peter Weingaertner and ABCD Chris Reid look over the hose connections on the new
Stealth kit and (below) ABCD Reid wears the kit.
Photos: ABIS Richard Cordell
August 16, 2012
The Stealth kit
is a state-of-the-art
deep rebreather kit
that will enable
operate at a depth of 60m on mixed
nitrogen, helium and oxygen gases.
It is an exciting equipment acquisi-
tion which will significantly improve
the MCM deep-diving operations and
overall Navy capability.
Instructor CPOCD Peter
Weingaertner, of RAN Dive School
(RANDS), said 64 Stealth sets were
being rolled out to AUSCDT-1, the
four Huon-class mine hunter coastals
and the RANDS.
"The Stealth MCM is the most
advanced underwater rebreather life
support system in the world," he said.
CPOCD Weingaertner and other
instructors conducted eight dives each
to depths of 60m outside Sydney
Heads during a train-the-trainer course
last month in preparation for the con-
version courses they will conduct.
"In my 24 years as a diver this is
the best diving kit I've ever used," he
"At 45kg it's extremely comfort-
able while allowing us to dive deeper
Stealth's main features are low
work-of-breathing rate, a low
magnetic signature and low
acoustic signatures, which, cru-
cially to mine clearance operations,
surpasses all NATO non-magnetic
and low acoustic standards, making it
"These features enable the diver
to safely undertake the role of mine
counter-measures and explosive ord-
nance disposal," he said.
The Stealth MCM also provides the
diver with increased levels of safety
incorporating a secondary breathing
system for emergency use.
LCDR David Waldie, of the mine
and clearance diver project office, said
the Stealth MCM was used by other
defence forces, clearance diving units
and mine-hunters deployed operation-
ally around the world, including the
UK and Canadian navies.
"The roll-out of the Stealth MCM
for deep water operations follows the
delivery of the Shadow Excursion kit
to AUSCDT-4 to enhance their shallow
Chief of staff mine clearance diving
group CMDR Glenn Ker was excited
about the acquisition.
"This is a terrific investment in
capability that will serve the RAN and
ADF extremely well for many years to
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