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February 28, 2013
Diving into new
NEW FOCUS: Members of AUSCDT-1
conduct very shallow water mine
countermeasures during Exercise Mulgogger.
Photo: ABIS Jesse Rhynard
DIVERS from AUSCDT-1 used new
technologies to clear a path for amphibi-
ous landings on beach heads while on
exercise at Jervis Bay.
The divers honed their capacity to
conduct very shallow water mine coun-
termeasures in support of the amphibi-
ous ready element (ARE), using the
new underwater navigation and integrat-
ed sonar unit (UNIS) during Exercise
Mulgogger on February 13.
OIC ARE Maritime Pre-Landing
Force Diving element AUSCDT-1,
LEUT Rob Curtis, said the new equip-
ment enabled divers to survey pathways
for amphibious assault groups while
locating mines, improvised explosive
devices and other beach obstacles.
“AUSCDT-1 ticked off some impor-
tant competencies and milestones dur-
ing Ex Mulgogger, which marked a new
focus on maritime operational tasks from
mine countermeasures,” he said.
LEUT Curtis said the focus
of the training was integrating
the new UNIS into rapid envi-
ronmental assessment mis-
sions, such as beach and wharf
“UNIS enables Navy divers
to conduct underwater navigation, object
identification and beach reconnaissance
duties,” he said.
“The end-state of Mulgogger is that
AUSCDT-1 can now conduct clandes-
tine beach surveys and rapidly produce a
product with the hydrographers for use in
an amphibious operation.”
UNIS marks the introduction of the
most advanced piece of kit AUSCDT-1
has had to conduct surveys and navigate
The unit contributes to the success of
mine countermeasure duties and amphib-
ious operations by aiding the operator’s
ability to ensure the seaway is clear of
ordnance and obstacles, and beach gradi-
ents are suitable for landing craft.
ABCD Brendan Bowler said he was
impressed with the new equipment and
AUSCDT-1’s new focus.
“UNIS is a very useful tool because
this team hadn’t conducted very shallow
water MCM for quite some time,” he
“Navy clearance divers now have a
whole load of good equipment includ-
ing Shadow re-breather dive sets and the
UNIS, which has beefed up our capabil-
ity to provide a better service and a better
UNIS is being rolled out to Navy
dive teams as part of the rationalisation
of Navy diving equipment, which will
greatly enhance capability, performance,
comfort and safety.
The success of Ex Mulgogger marks
essential preparation for AUSCDT-1’s
amphibious readiness evaluation certi-
fication exercise with HMAS Choules
later this year.
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