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November 8, 2012
SMN Matthew Kennewell came of
age as a clearance diver when he was
awarded two achievement awards at
the graduation ceremony for Basic
Clearance Diver Course (BCDC) 81.
SMNCD Kennewell received his
CD rating badge as well as the J.N.
Memorial Shield for outstanding stu-
dent and the Bill Fitzgerald GUTZ
award for best overall performance
during the course.
He was one of eight students who
graduated in a ceremony at HMAS
Penguin on September 14.
The students have been assigned
postings to the various Australian
clearance diving teams located around
Australia, including AUSCDT-One at
HMAS Waterhen and AUSCDT-Four
at HMAS Stirling.
Captain Navy Training Policy
CAPT Michael Hickey said clearance
divers enjoyed a well-deserved inter-
national reputation for being able to
get the job done. "It takes a particu-
lar kind of courage and motivation to
time and again pull on the wetsuit to
do a dirty, dangerous and lonely job
that many other people would not do,"
OIC RAN Dive School LCDR
Russ Crawford praised the graduates
for their dedication and his staff for
their mentoring, which enabled the
students to reach such a high profes-
LCDR Crawford said the eight
graduates had been under constant
instruction with countless assess-
ments over the past nine months, dur-
ing which time they demonstrated the
skills necessary to operate as clear-
ance divers in the Navy.
The course covered basic demoli-
tions, deep air, tools, maritime tacti-
cal operations, mine countermeasures,
ship-bourne improvised explosive
device disposal, explosive ordnance
disposal and demolitions.
TOP OF CLASS: CO
Brett Daw presents SMN
Matthew Kennewell with
the J.N. Memorial Shield
for most outstanding
student at the Basic
Clearance Diver Course
(above) and (left) the
graduating class after the
Photos: ABIS Dove Smithett
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